UFC 168 gets featherweight battle

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.