Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
Dennis Siver's maiden voyage to featherweight was a success.
Despite nearly missing weight at Friday's weigh-ins, the longtime lightweight showed good stamina in outlasting Diego Nunes at UFC on FUEL 2. All three judges scored it 29-28, 29-28, 29-28 for Siver.
All three rounds of the fight were closely contested.
The pair fought a spirited first round that was heavy on standup, with both having their moments. Siver often initiated the action with power strikes, but Nunes used his quickness to tally back, ending the round strongly with a series of knees from the clinch.
The second began with the same pattern of standup, but Siver began to slow, perhaps wary of expending too much energy in his first time at 145. Nunes took over the middle part of the round with a series of kicks and spinning punches, but Siver closed out the round strong, landing perhaps his best punch of the fight with a scoring left hook.
Nunes bloodied Siver's face in the third, but Siver turned up the pace and hurt Nunes with a left hook. With the fight hanging in the balance, Siver was the aggressor, and that might have been the difference in the eyes of the judges.
The win was his first since a lopsided loss to Donald Cerrone that sent him moving down to 145 pounds. He's now 20-8 overall. Nunes dropped to 17-3, and has now lost two of his last three.
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