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Dennis Siver set for debut in main event of ACB 75 against Martin Van Staden

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

UFC veteran Dennis Siver (23-11-0) is set to make his promotional debut in the main event of ACB 75 in Stuttgart on Nov. 25 against former EFC title contender, Martin Van Staden (18-9-0).

After a decade of contesting bouts in the Octagon, Siver announced that he had signed a multi-fight deal with ACB earlier this month. The promotion announced that Siver would face the South African veteran on Monday morning.

Siver contested his last bout earlier this year at UFC Fight Night 112 when he scored a decision win over legendary Hawaiian, BJ Penn.

Although he has competed at featherweight ever since his loss to Donald Cerrone at UFC 137 in 2011, Siver will return to the lightweight ranks in his ACB bow despite Van Staden only moving down from the welterweight ranks last year.

Van Staden was a perennial welterweight contender under the EFC banner and has banked two consecutive knockout wins since he moved to lightweight. In March, he scored a first round knockout over Spain’s Christian Holley followed by another early knockout of fellow South African, Leon Mynhardt, in June.

The South African rides a three fight win-streak going into the main event clash, but the wins on his record pale in comparison to the competition that veteran Siver has faced with the UFC.

Also announced on Monday, UK standout Brendan Loughnane (14-3-0) returns to the featherweight ranks at ACB 75 when he takes on surging Cypriot, Paata Tsxapelia (11-1-0).

Loughnane moved up to lightweight to take on UFC veteran Pat Healy earlier this year, but ended up on the wrong side of spit decision after a back and forth three rounds.

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