UFC 137 Fight Card Primer: Donald Cerrone vs. Dennis Siver

UFC 137 Weigh-ins at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on October 28, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV. via UFC.com

The Spike TV prelims show already has a solid featherweight bout to start with, and this lightweight bout just puts it over the top as one of the best prelims shows of 2011. Fireworks are sure to erupt on the feet when these two meet in the center of the cage. Donald Cerrone (16-3, 1 NC, 3-0 UFC) meets Dennis Siver (19-7, 8-4 UFC) in a lightweight bout at UFC 137.

Cerrone is currently ranked at number 13 at lightweight on the USA Today/BE Consensus Rankings, while Silver is holding down the 10 spot. A win by other fighter would likely cement a top 10 ranking and leave the guy a couple of fights from a title shot. This lightweight UFC 137 fight will be on the televised portion of the preliminary card, and will air live on Spike TV. The Spike broadcast begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

How do these two stack up?

Cerrone: 28 years old | 6'0" | 73" reach
Siver: 32 years old | 5'7" | 70" reach

What have these two done recently?

Cerrone: W - Charles Oliveira (TKO)  | W -  Vagner Rocha (UD) | W - Paul Kelly SUB)
Siver: W - Matt Wiman (UD) | W - George Sotiropoulos (UD) | W - Andre Winner (SUB) 

How did these two get here?

Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone is a former kickboxer than made the transition to MMA in 2006. It was his ground game that got him noticed in MMA though, ratting off seven straight submission wins to earn a shot in the WEC. After a failed drug test caused a no contest in his first WEC bout, he picked up two wins (including one over Razor Rob McCullough that was one of the most exciting fights ever) to earn a lightweight title shot against Jamie Varner. The bout ended controversially in the 5th round when Cerrone landed an unintentional illegal knee and the bout went to the scorecards. He rebounded and was fighting for the title again 10 months later, this time against Ben Henderson. He lost a very close decision in what turned out to be the fight of the year for 2009. He later dropped another title fight to Henderson before picking up a win over Varner. Then it was off to the UFC, where he has rattled off three straight wins, including a knockout of the night performance against Charles Oliveira in his last bout at UFC on Versus 5.

Dennis Siver is a Russian-born fighter who moved to Germany when he was 17. He is a former kickboxer as well, and switched over to MMA back in 2004. A 10-3 run in Europe earned Siver a shot on the UFC's first UK card, but he was quickly submitted by Jess Llaudin. Additional losses to Melvin Guillard and Gray Maynard sent him packing, but just one win outside the promotion was enough to get him back in and he's been excellent ever since, going 7-1 and picking up four bonuses in the process. His biggest win probably came over George Sotiropoulos at UFC 127. He'll inch closer to title shot contention with a win over Cerrone.

Why should you care?

This is going to be a barnburner. They have nine performance bonuses between them in the UFC and WEC. What's not to like?

More UFC 137 preview coverage from Bloody Elbow after the jump.

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UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz Betting Lines - Tim Burke

UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz Countdown Video - Tim Burke

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UFC 137: Matt Mitrione's Rapid Rise the Exception, Not the Rule - Leland Roling

UFC 137 Roundtable: Analyzing Nick Diaz's Chances Against B.J. Penn

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UFC 137: B.J. Penn Not Offended By Nick Diaz At All - Tim Burke

UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz - Best Bets for Fight of the Night - Brent Brookhouse

UFC 137: Donald Cerrone's Unlikely Run May Land Him in Title Contention - Leland Roling

UFC 137: Facebook Card Dissection - Dallas Winston

UFC 137: Dana White Video Blog, Part 1 - Tim Burke

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