After an October loss, seasoned UFC striker Dennis Siver decided to follow the lead of a number of his 155-pound peers in dropping down to featherweight, hoping the move might give him a size advantage against competitors or at least allow him to face opponents closer to his own dimensions. However, Siver isn’t fully committed to fighting at 145 pounds, instead preferring to see how he fares in his divisional debut this weekend against Diego Nunes before making a final decision.

Siver recently spoke about tomorrow’s tussle with Nunes at UFC on Fuel 2 as well as his thought-process where weight is concerned, saying he felt he may be able to break Nunes despite the difficult presented in accomplishing such a task.

“My main motivation was that I wanted to try something new,” said Siver in an interview with MMAFighting when asked about his initial decision to dip his toes in the featherweight pool. “I wanted to reinvent myself; I wanted to fight new people. Also, my reach is not really suited for the lightweight class. So by moving down to featherweight, I feel like my reach will be more than adequate.

“There's so many talented people at lightweight who are much, much bigger than I am,” he added.

Speaking of apt adversaries, Siver understands exactly how skilled Nunes is based on 17-2 Brazilian’s performances against Mike Brown and Manny Gamburyan. In fact, he was even a little surprised the UFC gave him such a stiff test for his first go at 145 pounds.

“I was kind of expecting an easier fight for my first fight in the weight class, but on the other hand, it's pretty obvious that getting an opponent such as Diego signifies that the UFC actually thinks that I can hang with the top guys in the weight class,” Siver explained. “Plus, obviously, a win over Diego Nunes is going to put me in a much more favorable position than a win against some scrub.”

“I analyzed his style a lot,” Siver continued on Nunes, turning talk to the 29-year old’s tendencies in the ring. “His main weakness is his conditioning. I feel like when he is pressured, he kind of folds sometimes and doesn't fight to his potential. I think his ground game might not be very strong, but he's a very, very good striker. He's dangerous.”

Fans can catch Siver-Nunes this Saturday on Fuel TV when the main card for UFC on Fuel 2 begins at 3:00 PM EST. Preliminary pairings will stream through Facebook starting three hours earlier.


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