When German striker Dennis Siver takes to the Octagon at UFC on Fuel 2 he’ll be doing so in a new division, debuting at 145 pounds after spending the bulk of his UFC career at lightweight. However, despite the difference it appears the 32-year old (who turns 33 on Friday) will at least face a familiar foe in the form of Ross Pearson. The two fought to a decision in 2010 with Pearson coming out ahead on the judges’ scorecards.
News of the April 14 match-up in Stockholm was reported by Swedish outlet MMANytt, where sourcing included confirmation from a UFC official.
UPDATE: Interestingly enough the UFC has said the fight is “not happening” via their Twitter account even though the bout was also allegedly confirmed by MMAJunkie.
Pearson made the drop to featherweight late last year and had a successful first showing against game opponent Junior Assuncao at UFC 141. The Ultimate Fighter 9 winner holds an overall record of 13-5 with eight stoppages, only one of which has taken place inside the Octagon and involved a doctor’s decision rather than a strike/submission-based finish.
Comparably, the 19-8 Siver has won four of his last five fights with a 7-2 mark in the UFC. Among his past victories are those over Spencer Fisher, Matt Wiman, and George Sotiropoulos.
UFC on Fuel 2 is headlined by light heavyweight sensation Alexander Gustafsson taking on polished veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and also features Brian Stann in action against Alessio Sakara.
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