Dennis Siver outpointed Diego Nunes tonight at UFC On Fuel TV 2 in an evenly fought fight that could have gone either way.
The first round was a competitive one and fought almost entirely on the feet aside from a brief takedown attempt from Siver.
Siver physically looks the more powerful man and he looked the more threatening fighter in the striking department, putting together a few solid two-piece combinations. Nunes was very much in the fight though and was mixing things up with plenty of kicks along with the occassional spinning attack, keeping the German on his toes and making this round a tight one for the judges to score.
The second round was very much a tale of two halves. In the early stages of the round it was Nunes who looked to have found his range better and was making Siver hesitate a he unleashed a varied attack still focusing mainly on leg kicks and spinning attacks.
In the latter half of the round however it was Siver who started to come on strong as he began to let fly with his own arsenal of kicks and also landed a big left hook in close that backed up Nunes momentarily.
All to play for in the third and final round and the two men both come out swinging in the opening minute. Towards the end of that minute it’s Nunes who lands the most telling blow, landing a right hook flush that forces Siver down onto one knee for a brief moment.
The two continue the stand-up battle and it’s fairly even stuff, though a knee from Nunes opens up a cut above Siver’s left eye, and that could help sway the round in his favor in the judges eyes.
In the closing minutes Siver lands a nice right hook in close as the two separate and it wobbles Nunes, but he quickly regains his composure and comes firing back, landing a spinning back kick to the mid-section of Siver.
With neither man able to find a definitive finish it’s down to the judges to separate them, and really it could have went either way.
The judges deliver a unanimous verdict however, with all three seeing the fight 29-28 in Dennis Siver’s favor handing him victory in his first ever bout at 145lbs.