Many people questioned Dennis Siver's drop to featherweight, but he made a big splash in the division with a win over top-five fighter Diego Nunes at UFC on Fuel 2. The fight was contested on the feet, with both guys getting their licks in and using some unique offense in an entertaining bout. It was a close fight but the judges sided with Siver, giving him a unanimous decision victory with three 29-28 scores.
The fighters started a bit cautiously early, throwing a few kicks but not really engaging. Nunes whiffed on a kick and Siver got him to the mat with a single leg, but only for a few seconds. Back on the feet, Nunes landed a nice combination and Siver replied with a couple of left body kicks. The fighters both threw a wide arsenal of kicking attacks with varying success, and Nunes landed his left hook a few times. Both fighters found their range a little better late in the round, but it was a very measured pace in the first five minutes.
Nunes opened the second with a nice spinning wheel kick, and landed a spinning back kick. Siver clinched up and looked for a takedown but Nunes fought it off. Nunes went back to the spinning attacks, which seemed to confuse Siver a bit. Siver caught Nunes low with a kick, but Diego was ready to go again in just a few seconds. Siver landed a kick and went for a takedown, but Nunes got away again. Siver then threw a spinning back kick, which glanced off Nunes' body. Nunes clinched up, and Siver landed a big right hook when they separated. They exchanged more unique offense as the horn sounded to end the round.
Nunes gave Siver a little hug to start the final round. Siver opened with a couple of big shots, but Nunes countered nicely. Nunes rocked Siver with a left hook, but Siver responded with a hard one of his own. They really upped the tempo in this round, with Siver putting together some really nice combinations and solid leg/body kicks while Nunes landed some nice knees with the thai clinch and hard hooks. Siver had a small cut opened over his left eye with about two minutes to go. Siver looked for a takedown off of a Nunes spinning kick, but Nunes held him off. Both fighters battered each other in the cage, with Nunes falling down for a second but getting up and responding with a solid spinning back kick. The fight ended with blood pouring down Siver's face.