The UFC’s year-end event in Las Vegas continues to fill
Late Wednesday night, the organization announced that veteran
featherweight competitors Dennis Siver (21-9) and Manny Gamburyan
would square off at the December 28 event headlined by the highly
anticipated championship rematches between Chris Weidman and
Anderson Silva, and Ultimate Fighter coaches Ronda Rousey and
Miesha Tate. No word yet on whether this bout is destined for the
main card or the preliminary portion of the event, which will air
on FOX Sports 1.
Both Siver and Gamburyan have enjoyed success since
transitioning to the featherweight division after beginning their
UFC in different weight classes.
Gamburyan, a finalist on Season 5 of The Ultimate Fighter, made
his debut in the 145-pound ranks in June 2009, winning his first
three appearances to earn crack at then-WEC champion Jose Aldo.
Following his loss to Aldo, Gamburyan dropped his next two contests
before righting the ship with a decision win over Michihiro Omigawa
last summer on FOX. Most recently, the 32-year-old judoka –
and assistant coach on Team Rousey on this season of The Ultimate
Fighter – earned a second straight win, defeating Cole Miller
by unanimous decision in August on the inaugural UFC Fight Night
card on FOX Sports 1.
Once a contender in the lightweight division, the Russian-born,
German-based kickboxer Siver quickly climbed the featherweight
ranks, earning back-to-back decision wins in his first two
divisional outings. His momentum was halted this summer by surging
title hopeful Cub Swanson, but with 10 wins in his last 13 fights,
the stocky and powerful Siver is capable of putting together
another run to return to contention.
UFC 168 takes place on Saturday, December 28 at the MGM Grand
Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Stay tuned to FoxSports.com for more details on this event and
all your UFC news.