UFC 168: What We Learned from Manny Gamburyan vs. Dennis Siver

Dustin FilloyFeatured ColumnistDecember 28, 2013

Dec 27, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA;  UFC President Dana White looks on as Dennis Siver (left) and Manvel Gamburyan face off for their UFC Middleweight Bout on December 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Manny Gamburyan and seventh-ranked UFC featherweight Dennis Siver engaged in a lackluster affair in UFC 168's second preliminary fight on Fox Sports 1.

Siver won two of three rounds on the scorecards and slightly outworked the underdog Gamburyan in every category en route to a unanimous-decision win, the German's third victory in four fights.


What We'll Remember About This Fight

Siver proved that he's got underrated grappling and wrestling games, landing takedowns in two of three rounds and consistently controlling the feisty Gamburyan on the mat.

Siver surrendered a pair of takedowns and absorbed significant ground-and-pound to drop Round 2. The 34-year-old favorite bounced back, however, and used solid wrestling and sturdy control in Round 3 to cement the win. 


What We Learned About Gamburyan

Gamburyan possesses better-than-average submission chops but can't stop the takedown against the division's top-tier wrestlers.

The 32-year-old former WEC title challenger has also lacked killer instinct since getting KO'd by Jose Aldo at WEC 51 in 2010.


What We Learned About Siver

Siver illustrated why he's a world-ranked featherweight, taking a bit of a beating from Gamburyan in Round 2 and then returning strong in Round 3 to dish back the favor.

A purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Siver also proved that he's got some of the most underrated ground skills in the UFC's 145-pound division.


What's Next for Gamburyan 

The Armenian dropped his first fight since getting edged by Diego Nunes at UFC 141. A bout with either Rani Yahya or Charles Oliveira would suit Gamburyan fine next.


What's Next for Siver

A winner of 10 UFC bouts and seven of his last nine, Siver seems ready to get back to locking horns with world-ranked featherweights.

A future bout with the ninth-ranked Clay Guida would seem logical for Siver.