Ross Pearson and Dennis Siver in their first fight: Photo by MMAWeekly.com
Two talented strikers who previous faced off at lightweight will rematch at featherweight this time as Ross Pearson and Dennis Siver have agreed to fight on the UFC's Fuel-televised card in Sweden on April 14th. MMAnytt.se reports on this match-up as well as the addition of another featherweight bout between TUF 14 contestant, Hamid Corassani and Jason Young:
The Ultimate Fighter 9 winner Ross Pearson will fly to Sweden in time for April 14. The reason is a rematch against German Dennis Siver in a match at the Globe during the UFC: Sweden, this is something that MMAnytt have been able to confirm with sources close to the organization.
There have been some rumors flourished that Hamid "Akira" Corassani would go one match at UFC Sweden on April 14, but his opponent was dead wrong. MMAnytt has exclusively been able to confirm with sources close to the organization that Akira will face Jason Young in Stockholm.
Pearson and Siver first met back in March of 2010 at UFC Fight Night 21 in a exciting back-and-forth bout that saw Pearson earn the unanimous decision, but with both men taking home a "Fight of the Night" bonus check. Pearson, winner of the 9th season of The Ultimate Fighter has since alternated wins and losses, but his first cut down to 145 lbs. was successful as he took a decision victory over Junior Assuncao at UFC 141 just a few weeks ago. Siver hasn't yet competed at featherweight, and in fact, his UFC debut was at welterweight, but a test weight cut was apparently successful for the German kickboxer and after getting outclassed by the much larger Donald Cerrone at UFC 137, he'll look to rebound against an opponent he's familiar with in Sweden.
Corassani, a Swedish native, was one of the more interesting characters on TUF 14, but his brawling style only got him as far as the semifinals where he was choked out by Dennis Bermudez. An injury prevented Corassani from competing on the season finale, but he'll now get the opportunity to fight in front of his hometown fans. Young hails from England as is a muay thai specialist, and although he's yet to find victory after two UFC fights, he was still quite competitive against two talented opponents in Dustin Poirier and Michihiro Omigawa. This might be a make-or-break fight for Young though as a loss to Corassani would leave him with an 0-3 UFC record.
UPDATE: The official UFC twitter feed, despite retweeting the MMAnytt.se story earlier today, is now claiming that the Pearson-Siver rematch is not happening:
@SEvanM88 good news - not happening - misreported info!