German fighter Dennis Siver will attempt to collect his fifth straight UFC victory this Saturday night at UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz, where he meets fellow surging lightweight Donald Cerrone.
Coming off of impressive victories over Spencer Fisher, Andre Winner, George Sotiropoulos, and Matt Wiman, Siver is making a strong case for himself as a legitimate contender in the UFC’s lightweight division. Speaking with UFC.com recently, Siver explained that his success is a direct result of the source of his motivation: national pride.
“I want to be the first German UFC champion,” said Siver. “That really motivates me. This is my fuel, my motivation, to make my fans happy seeing me winning.”
Siver will have his work cut out for him though, as Cerrone is riding a five-fight winning streak (three of which have been victories inside the Octagon) and generating a lot of hype for his own title bid by putting on impressive, dynamic performances. The 32-year-old understands full well the threats that Cowboy poses, but believes that this will only serve to motivate him more to earn the win.
“Cerrone is a very dangerous opponent because he is able to fight and attack from every conceivable position,” he said. “He doesn’t tire and will stay on you relentlessly. This is going to make for an exciting and interesting fight. But when an opponent dismisses me, it only motivates me more. The list of those who haven’t taken me seriously is long and littered with rude awakenings.”
UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz goes down this Saturday, October 29, from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. FightLine will be back on the night with live, ongoing coverage of the event, so don’t forget to check back.