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UFC 168: Dennis Siver Vs. Manny Gamburyan

Dennis Siver vs. Manny Gamburyan

Our second of three featherweight bouts is next, with Dennis Siver (21-9) looking to rebound from a TKO loss to Cub Swanson against Manny Gamburyan (13-7).

Siver has moved around three different weight classes now, and is 6-2 in his last eight – both defeats being stoppage losses to Swanson and Donald Cerrone. Gamburyan is one of co-main eventer Ronda Rousey’s main coaches and is on a two-fight win streak.

Round 1: Siver using his excellent kicking skills early, following up with a takedown. Gamburyan, though, has a potential armbar in his grasp. Siver gives up the position and avoids the armbar completely by standing up. Nasty body kick by Siver connects. Gamburyan with a takedown, working for a potential heel hook or leglock, but he is eating several big fists by Siver for his efforts. Gamburyan stands up with Siver on his back, trying to buck him off.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Siver

Round 2: Gamburyan ends the kickboxing contest with a takedown, shooting for the single-leg and scoring with it. So far, though, he hasn’t been able do much damage from the position. As they pan out, it appears Siver is busted open and bleeding pretty badly. Maybe an elbow or accident headbutt to blame. Back to the feet we go, and Gamburyan is throwing with more power and effectiveness now. Another takedown by Gamburyan as we go under a minute.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Gamburyan

Round 3: I’ve got this split after two rounds, so we should be in store for an action-packed conclusion. Siver gets the first takedown of the round, but so far, has been unable to advance his position. Instead, it’s Gamburyan really going for the submission, working for a choke before switching to a kimura. Siver now on the back, getting a hook in and working to break Gamburyan down. He moves to his own back, locking in a figure-four around the waist with over a minute to work. No finish, but a strong final round for Siver.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Siver

Dennis Siver def. Manny Gamburyan via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)