Cub Swanson vs. Dennis Siver
Our first main card bout features featherweight contenders Cub Swanson (19-5) and Dennis Siver (21-8). Swanson has won four straight, including a first round KO performance over tonight’s co-main event participant Charles Oliveira. Siver has picked up two straight wins since moving down from lightweight and is 6-1 overall in his last seven. The referee will be Herb Dean.
Round 1: A touch of gloves and this one is on. Both of these men like the knockout, so expect some crazy power. Siver tosses out a kick-left hand combo, as Swanson drops and lands a body shot. Swanson ducks under twice and does some work to the body, avoiding any punishing shots. Swanson throws his own spinning back kick, but is too close and Siver is able to catch him and take him to the mat. Siver trying to pass, but is unable to. Siver into side control, but is able to get a partial mount in as Swanson tries to slip out. Swanson attempts a guillotine, and Siver decides to bring it back to the feet.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Siver
Round 2: First spinning back kick by Siver, but Swanson blocks most of it. Good exchange, as Swanson works the body and Siver throws at his head. Another strike-kick combination from the Russian-born Siver, and Swanson throws out a cartwheel kick like it is nothing. Siver is looking a little sluggish, as he drops a lot of weight to make featherweight; Swanson, meanwhile, looks as fresh as the first minute. Huge kick to the body by Swanson, as this has been a less-than-thrilling round. Swanson lands an uppercut that forces Siver to go for a takedown, which Swanson reverses things and goes to the mount with 40 seconds left.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Swanson
Round 3: Not much on the leg kicks by Siver to start the round, and Swanson lands his own right-hand kick combo. Swanson connects with a series of heavy right hands and Siver goes flying across the mat. Swanson pounces, attacks and this one is over, as he earns his fifth straight victory in impressive fashion.
Cub Swanson def. Dennis Siver via TKO (strikes) at 2:24 of Round 3