Dennis Siver Falls Off UFC on Fuel TV 7 in London; Cub Swanson Now Faces Dustin Poirier

January 17, 2013
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Cub Swanson WEC 44The UFC returns to London for the first time in more than two years on Feb. 16 for UFC on Fuel TV 7, unfortunately, one of the premier featherweight bouts on the card has been blown apart.

Dennis Siver and Cub Swanson were scheduled to meet in a battle that would have propelled one of them, almost assuredly, into title contention.

Siver, however, has had to pull out of the fight. Stepping in to take his place is Dustin Poirier, UFC officials told MMAWeekly.com on Thursday.

“Dennis Siver has pulled out of his bout against Cub Swanson which was set to take place at UFC London,” read a statement from UFC officials in the U.K. “Swanson will now face Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier on 16th February at Wembley Arena in what is set to be an impressive match-up.”

Poirier is a solid replacement for Siver. He had his own title hopes derailed last spring when Chan Sung Jung (aka The Korean Zombie) choked him out in the fourth round of their UFC on Fuel TV 3 headlining bout, but bounced back by submitting Jonathan Brookins at the recent TUF 16 Finale.

Defeating a fighter like Cub Swanson would go a long way towards putting Poirier back “in the mix” for a shot at the winner of the UFC 156 headliner between current featherweight champion Jose Aldo and challenger Frankie Edgar.

Having already knocked out George Roop, Ross Pearson, and Charles Oliveira in succession, adding a win over Poirier would be just as beneficial for Swanson, who is trying to make his case for a shot at the winner of Aldo vs. Edgar.

Interim UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barão puts his belt on the line against top 135-pound challenger Michael McDonald in the UFC on Fuel TV 7 main event on Feb. 16 in London.

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for all the latest UFC on Fuel TV 7 news and fight coverage.

  • Mike

    This fight is just as good. Awesome replacement.

    • gjgj

      not as good, but still good

    • MMAsuperexprt

      i agree it’s a great replacement, i like this fight better now !!!

  • Scotty_O

    That’s a great fight! Just as good if not better in my opinion.

    • Kristyahn

      Scotty this is definitely a better fight, though its bitter sweet, bc I really wanted to see Cub and Poirier fight for the title, but now one of these guys are going to lose and fall down the ladder. I guess Cub would be the one who could afford a loss and not drop to far, since he’s won 3 or 4 straight, but Poirier is taking this tough fight on short notice, but he’s always training and in shape, very tough fight to call/pick a winner. Could be fight of the night & has potential for FOTY.

      • Scotty_O

        If this makes it to a decision there’s no doubt it’ll be fight of the night. I’d like to see Poirier take it but he’s got his work cut out for him. I see Swanson taking this respectively.

  • pogodog7

    It will be a much better fight with Poirier. Why did the Hun back out? Perhaps, he knew that Swanson was going to annihilate him.

    • bajafox

      I didn’t see anywhere in the article what was wrong with Silver either…wonder what happened

      • http://www.MMAWeekly.com/ Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly

        UFC didn’t give a reason and we weren’t immediately able to reach Siver’s camp.

        • http://twitter.com/JakeSimmons2000 Jake Simmons

          Honestly, silver is probably injured or something. He doesn’t seem like one to back down. That said, it might be the best move he’s made so far. I don’t think anybody wants to fight cub these days, after watching his last couple of fights.

        • bajafox

          Thanks. I agree with Jake Simmons, I’m sure it had to be a serious injury, that guy looks like he’s built like a boulder.

  • acspider#244

    I like this match up better. I honestly think Dustin takes this one, unless he is really out shape….which will not be the case. Poirier more dangerous everywhere, with the exception of KO ability. I truly believe Poirier will be a champ someday…sooner or later. I am a fan of Swanson thpugh and would prefer not to see either lose.

    • Kbroesq

      That’s what I was thinking. I like the match up more, but I hope Porier is in shape. Awesome fight – great replacement.

  • http://twitter.com/CSCMemorabilia CSC Memorabilia

    This is a FAR better match-up. Looking forward to this fight!