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Friday, 04/13/2012, 11:41 am

Siver on Nunes | When He Is Pressured He Folds


By Roberto Mattos:
In an interview with MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani, Siver discusses his upcoming bout with Diego Nunes and the future of the Last Emperor.
After a one-sided submission loss to Donald Cerrone, Dennis Siver has decided to drop down to featherweight and will be facing his first opponent at 145 lbs., Diego Nunes, this Saturday.

When asked when he decided to make the move down, Siver said –

“It came after the Donald Cerrone fight. As long as I was winning at lightweight, I didn’t really think about moving down to featherweight. But I did notice that the fighters at lightweight got taller every year and bigger every year and at some point I just had to take a look at myself. So I decided to go down to featherweight. There’s so many talented people at lightweight who are much, much bigger than I am.”
When asked about the weight cut Siver responded saying “Since I’ve already been doing this for about eight weeks, my weight came down gradually to where it is now, so I think it will be smooth sailing.”

With regards to his new opponent and the fact that he’s not being given a “scrub” for his first featherweight fight –

“I was kind of expecting an easier fight for my first fight in the weight class, but on the other hand, it’s pretty obvious that getting an opponent such as Diego signifies that the UFC actually thinks that I can hang with the top guys in the weight class. Plus, obviously, a win over Diego Nunes is going to put me in a much more favorable position than a win against some scrub. On the other hand, if I’m going to lose to Diego Nunes, obviously it’s going to be a bad loss because Diego is very high in the rankings, but at the same time, it’s not a catastrophe.”

“I have watched a lot of his fight,[sic] especially the ones in the UFC. I analyzed his style a lot. His main weakness is his conditioning. I feel like when he is pressured, he kind of folds sometimes and doesn’t fight to his potential. I think his ground game might not be very strong, but he’s a very, very good striker. He’s dangerous.”

Siver also touched on the point that while he prefers fighting in Europe (sitting anywhere for 16 hours is bad enough, but in coach I believe that is a form of torture) as oppose to Las Vegas, the jet lag won’t keep from fighting all over the world if need be.
He ended the interview discussing his favorite fighter Fedor Emelianenko, and how he would like to see Fedor fight in the UFC. “…if Fedor wants to be the best in the world, if he wants to reclaim his spot as one of the elite fighters, it has to happen in the UFC because there’s nowhere else as far as competition is concerned. If you want to be No. 1, you have to be in the UFC.”

Dennis Siver faces the highly talented Diego Nunes this Saturday at UFC on FUEL TV 2 in Stockholm, Sweden.

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