This Saturday Revgear sponsored Nam Phan takes on the hard hitting German Dennis Siver in what is expected to be an exciting start to the UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz preliminary card on FX..
Phan (18-10, 2-3 UFC) is going to step in on short notice for the injured Eddie Yagin (Who had to withdraw due to swelling around his brain which developed during training) and will face one of his toughest tests in Siver (20-8, 9-5 UFC).
After having a relatively successful time at lightweight, Siver will be taking to the 145lbs division for the second time. The former lightweight contender won an entertaining unanimous decision over Diego Nunes in April and looks to make it 2 in a row. Since, Donald Cerrone obliterated him lightweight back at UFC 150.
Phan has gone 2-3 in the UFC, however one of his losses came in the what many described as the robbery of the year 2010. The “loss” to Leonard Garcia was avenged less than a year later. Phan’s other 2 losses came in grappling heavy decisions.
At UFC on Fox 4 Phan showed why he has 2 fight of the night awards, when he battled Cole Miller in a thrilling stand-up war, with Phan ripping his trademark shots to the body and stunning Miller with an overhand right in the 3rd round, which helped set up his split decision win.
This fight should take place on the feet, Siver is a big favourite on the betting lines, and for good reason; at lightweight Siver was built like a tank, and seems to have maintained a similar physique at 145lbs his Karate background is what inspires his devastating spinning back kicks (which have earned him 2 KO of the nights) and quick fire kicking game. His only 2 losses in the past 11 fights, have come against strikers. Ross Pearson showed the way to beat Siver. Pearson’s crisp boxing and relentless pressure allowed him to get inside and avoid Siver’s kicks and his tighter punching meant he could land first as the German favours longer, looping punches.
Phan owns a professional boxing record, and has shown he can move forward pressuring his foe with his hands and is willing to take punishment to give it out. The Vietnamese fighter has never been stopped inside the UFC, and will be looking to take the game to Siver and see if his gas tank can hold up at 145lbs, Phan’s relentless pressure and body punching will put a serious test on the stocky Germans cardio.
Siver is ranked in the top 10 on most Featherweight rankings, and for good reason, he has an excellent stand-up game and an ever developing take-down and grappling game, Phan has the skills to give the German problems if he can implement his game-plan. Most will expect little grappling in this fight so tune in for a what I expect to be an all action affair.
Siver is the bookies favourite, but Phan is a live underdog, who can launch himself well up the rankings if he can deliver the upset, regardless of the result, expect to see fists fly.
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