Dennis Siver

Dennis D. Siver (Russian: Дмитрий Сивер, tr. Dmitriy Siver, born January 13, 1979) is a Russian-born German mixed martial artist who competed in the welterweight, lightweight, and featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Dennis Siver
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BornDennis D. Siver
(1979-01-13) January 13, 1979 (age 43)
Omsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight145 lb (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb)
Reach70 in (178 cm) [1]
StyleTaekwondo, Kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo
Fighting out ofMannheim, Germany
TrainerNiko Sulenta
RankBlack belt in Taekwondo[2]
Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3]
Green belt in Judo[4]
Years active2004-2017
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout5
By submission9
By decision9
By knockout3
By submission5
By decision3
No contests1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Siver is currently teaching martial arts in his hometown, Mannheim.


Siver was born in Omsk, the Soviet Union to a family of Soviet citizens of German descent. Siver began training in sambo and judo when he was 15 years old and, at 17, moved to Germany where he continued his training with taekwondo and kickboxing. That same year, he became the W.A.K.O Amateur Kickboxing Champion of Germany.[3]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Siver's mixed martial arts career began in small local shows in Russia and England, amongst other European countries. He fought most frequently for Cage Warriors in England, compiling a 3-1 record.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

After his win against Jim Wallhead at CWFC – Enter The Rough House, Siver was signed by UFC. His debut was against Jess Liaudin at UFC 70 in Manchester, England where he lost via submission (armbar), just 81 seconds into the first round.

Siver was able to bounce back though at UFC 75, again in England. He defeated Naoyuki Kotani via KO (punch) in the second round. This was followed up by a loss to undefeated Gray Maynard at UFC Fight Night 12, via a unanimous decision.

Siver's final match of his first UFC stint was a loss to Melvin Guillard at UFC 86. This fight marked the first knockout loss of Siver's career, which came after just 36 seconds into the first round.

Siver was released by the UFC soon after, having compiled a 1-3 record.


Siver had his first post-UFC fight at Tempel: Mix Fight Gala VII against Chas Jacquier. Siver won the fight via submission (guillotine choke) at 4.21 of the first round

Return to Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

This win earned Siver a second shot in UFC. He faced off against Nate Mohr at UFC 93 in Dublin, Ireland. In the third round, Siver was able to TKO his opponent via spinning back kick and punches. This victory was also awarded the Knockout of the Night award.

His second fight was against Dale Hartt at UFC 99, which was the first UFC event held in Siver's home country of Germany. Siver won the fight via submission (rear-naked choke) three minutes into the first round.

Siver then fought Paul Kelly at UFC 105 in Manchester, England and, in the same fashion as his victory over Mohr, was able to TKO his opponent via spinning back kick and punches. Once again, the win earned Siver the Knockout of the Night.[6]

Siver fought Ross Pearson on March 31, 2010 at UFC Fight Night 21.[7] Siver lost the fight via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27). However, the fight won Siver a Fight of the Night bonus.

Siver faced Spencer Fisher on June 19, 2010 at The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale.[8] Siver won the fight via unanimous decision despite suffering a cut from an accidental headbutt in the first round.

Siver defeated Andre Winner via first round arm-trap rear-naked choke after dropping him with a counter punch at UFC 122, earning Submission of the Night honors.[9]

Siver faced George Sotiropoulos on February 27, 2011 at UFC 127.[10] Siver won the bout via unanimous decision, handing Sotiropoulos his first loss in the UFC. Siver showed excellent takedown defense throughout the fight and picked Sotiropoulos apart on the feet, dropping him twice in the first round.

Siver defeated Matt Wiman on July 2, 2011, at UFC 132 in a very close contest, with all three judges scoring the fight 29-28 in Siver's favor. Siver stated at the post-fight press conference that while the decision was close, that he wouldn't go back and score the fight any differently.[11]

Siver was expected to face Sam Stout on October 29, 2011 at UFC 137.[12] However, it was announced on August 29 that Stout had withdrawn from the bout[13] and was replaced by Donald Cerrone.[14] Siver lost by submission in the first round.

Siver was briefly linked to a rematch with Ross Pearson on April 14, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva.[15] However, Siver instead faced Diego Nunes at the event, fighting as a featherweight for the first time in 28 career bouts.[16] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Siver was expected to face Eddie Yagin on September 1, 2012 at UFC 151.[17] However, after UFC 151 was cancelled, Siver/Yagin was rescheduled for December 8, 2012 at UFC on Fox 5.[18] It was then announced that Yagin had been forced out of the bout due to a sparring injury that landed him in the hospital with swelling around his brain, and was replaced by Nam Phan.[19] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Siver was expected to face Cub Swanson on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV: Barao vs. McDonald.[20] However, Siver was forced out of the bout, and was replaced by Dustin Poirier.[21]

The bout with Cub Swanson was rescheduled for July 6, 2013 at UFC 162.[22] After a back and forth first two rounds, Swanson defeated Siver via third-round TKO. The performance earned both participants Fight of the Night honors.

Siver faced Manvel Gamburyan on December 28, 2013 at UFC 168.[23] He won the fight via unanimous decision. However, Siver's initial urine sample came back with inconclusive results, which caused the NSAC to test an alternate sample.[24] On March 15, it was announced that Siver had failed his UFC 168 drug test following the testing of second sample came back positive for hCG. As a result, Siver has been suspended by the NSAC and his win over Gamburyan was changed to "No Contest".[25]

Siver was expected to face Robert Whiteford on October 4, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 53.[26] However, Whiteford pulled out of the bout in mid-September and was replaced by promotional newcomer Taylor Lapilus.[27] There was some controversy over the replacement, and the SMMAF subsequently deemed Lapilus an unsuitable opponent, resulting in American Charles Rosa as the last-minute replacement.[28] Siver won the back-and-forth fight by unanimous decision. The bout also earned Siver his fourth Fight of the Night bonus award.[29]

Siver faced Conor McGregor on January 18, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 59.[30] Siver lost the fight by TKO in the second round.

Siver faced Tatsuya Kawajiri on June 20, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 69.[31] He lost the fight by unanimous decision.[32]

Siver was expected to face returning veteran B.J. Penn on June 4, 2016 at UFC 199.[33] However, Siver was forced out of the bout in early May with an undisclosed injury.[34] The fight with Penn was rescheduled and eventually took place on June 25, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 112.[35] Siver won the fight by majority decision.[36]

Absolute Championship BerkutEdit

Siver opted not to re-sign with the UFC in November 2017, instead signing with ACB.[37]

Siver was set to make his ACB debut on 25 November 2017 at ACB 75 against Martin van Staden, but withdrew due to a shoulder injury.[38]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit


Mixed martial artsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
35 matches 23 wins 11 losses
By knockout 5 3
By submission 9 5
By decision 9 3
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 23–11 (1) B.J. Penn Decision (majority) UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs. Lee June 25, 2017 3 5:00 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 22–11 (1) Tatsuya Kawajiri Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Jędrzejczyk vs. Penne June 20, 2015 3 5:00 Berlin, Germany
Loss 22–10 (1) Conor McGregor TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Siver January 18, 2015 2 1:54 Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 22–9 (1) Charles Rosa Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Story October 4, 2014 3 5:00 Stockholm, Sweden Fight of the Night.
NC 21–9 (1) Manvel Gamburyan NC (overturned) UFC 168 December 28, 2013 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Originally a unanimous decision win for Siver; overturned after he tested positive for hCG.
Loss 21–9 Cub Swanson TKO (punches) UFC 162 July 6, 2013 3 2:24 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 21–8 Nam Phan Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz December 8, 2012 3 5:00 Seattle, Washington, United States
Win 20–8 Diego Nunes Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fuel TV: Gustafsson vs. Silva April 14, 2012 3 5:00 Stockholm, Sweden Featherweight debut.
Loss 19–8 Donald Cerrone Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 137 October 29, 2011 1 2:22 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 19–7 Matt Wiman Decision (unanimous) UFC 132 July 2, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 18–7 George Sotiropoulos Decision (unanimous) UFC 127 February 27, 2011 3 5:00 Sydney, Australia
Win 17–7 Andre Winner Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 122 November 13, 2010 1 3:37 Oberhausen, Germany Submission of the Night.
Win 16–7 Spencer Fisher Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz Finale June 19, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 15–7 Ross Pearson Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Gomi March 31, 2010 3 5:00 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 15–6 Paul Kelly TKO (spinning back kick and punches) UFC 105 November 14, 2009 2 2:53 Manchester, England Knockout of the Night.
Win 14–6 Dale Hartt Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 99 June 13, 2009 1 3:23 Cologne, Germany
Win 13–6 Nate Mohr TKO (spinning back kick and punches) UFC 93 January 17, 2009 3 3:27 Dublin, Ireland Knockout of the Night.
Win 12–6 Chas Jacquier Submission (guillotine choke) TFS: Mix Fight Gala VII October 25, 2008 1 4:21 Darmstadt, Germany
Loss 11–6 Melvin Guillard KO (punches) UFC 86 July 5, 2008 1 0:36 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 11–5 Gray Maynard Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Swick vs. Burkman January 23, 2008 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–4 Naoyuki Kotani KO (punch) UFC 75 September 8, 2007 2 2:04 London, England
Loss 10–4 Jess Liaudin Submission (armbar) UFC 70 April 21, 2007 1 1:21 Manchester, England Welterweight bout.
Win 10–3 Jim Wallhead Submission (armbar) CWFC: Enter The Rough House December 9, 2006 2 3:31 Nottingham, England
Win 9–3 Said Khalilov Decision (split) WFC 2: Evolution September 30, 2006 3 5:00 Koper, Slovenia
Win 8–3 Paul Jenkins Submission (heel hook) WFC: Europe vs. Brazil May 20, 2006 2 3:42 Koper, Slovenia
Loss 7–3 Daniel Weichel Submission (rear-naked choke) TFS: Mix Fight Gala III May 6, 2006 1 N/A Darmstadt, Germany
Loss 7–2 Arni Isaksson Submission (armbar) CWFC: Enter the Wolfslair March 5, 2006 2 4:23 Liverpool, England
Win 7–1 Adrian Degorski Submission (armbar) CWFC: Enter the Wolfslair March 5, 2006 2 1:59 Liverpool, England
Win 6–1 Jonas Eriksson TKO (punches) CWFC: Enter the Wolfslair March 5, 2006 1 0:35 Liverpool, England
Loss 5–1 Fabricio Nascimento Submission (kimura) EVT 5: Phoenix October 8, 2005 1 0:47 Stockholm, Sweden
Win 5–0 Maciej Łuczak Submission (punches) OC: Masters Fight Night 2 March 26, 2005 2 N/A Oberhausen, Germany
Win 4–0 Dylan van Kooten Submission (choke) BFS: Mix Fight Gala 4 March 6, 2005 1 N/A Düsseldorf, Germany
Win 3–0 Kenneth Rosfort-Nees TKO (doctor stoppage) EVT 4: Gladiators September 26, 2004 1 5:00 Stockholm, Sweden
Win 2–0 Mohamed Omar Decision (unanimous) Kombat Komplett August 7, 2004 3 5:00 Trier, Germany
Win 1–0 Kordian Szukala Submission (strikes) Outsider Cup 2 February 28, 2004 1 0:17 Lübbecke, Germany

See alsoEdit


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