Tonight’s coverage of UFC 162’s pay-per-view continues with our recap of tonight’s first featheweight bout between Cub Swanson and Dennis Siver. The two fighters took each other on in an explosive pairing, with Swanson coming out victorious via TKO.
Swanson Drops Siver
Cub Swanson and Dennis Siver came ready to go in tonight’s opening fight. Siver controlled the first half of the fight before making a day one wrestling mistake by trying to step over a whizzer in the second and Swanson capitalized beautifully. Siver never regained his momentum after that, as Swanson found both his range and confidence before putting away the Russo-German fighter. Swanson has now won five straight and finds himself in prime position for a title shot.
Rd. 1- Touch of gloves and we’re off. Siver is landing early and moving well. Wicked left hook by Siver lands again, he’s timing Swanson’s leg kick each time. Cub tries a wheel kick and misses. Siver moves to half guard. Fight slows before Siver uses head-arm position to move to side control. Siver landing some shots now to the body and head. Swanson uses a guillotine to stand and he’s up. Legkick by Swanson lands but Siver fires off a combo at the end. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Siver.
Rd. 2 – Legkick by Siver starts the action. Left hook by Siver stuffs a Swanson advance. Legkick by Swanson lands. Spinning back kick just misses by Siver. Legkick by Siver. Siver ducks a hook and Swanson stuffs a takedown. Swanson tries a cartwheel kick but Siver evades. Nice right by Cub. Combo by Siver and multiple legkicks. Swanson misses a wheel kick. Legkick by Swanson. Nice jab by Swanson. Legkick by Siver. Swanson connects on a left hook and uses a whizzer to launch Siver through the air and into mount. Siver trying to escape and he manages to end up on top as round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Swanson (19-19).
Rd. 3- Siver with a nice left hook off a missed takedown. Nice right and body kick by Swanson. Legkick by Siver. Cub blocks a spin attack by closing distance. Swanson has now found his range. Nasty right by Swanson and he drops Siver with a followup but Siver lands a right on the way down. Siver tries to recover but Swanson pours it on and referee Herb Dean calls a stop to the fight. Great fight.
Cub Swanson def. Dennis Siver via TKO (Strikes) at 2:24 of Round 3