Siver has withdrawn from a co-headlining showdown with Cub Swanson
UFC on Fuel TV 7, promotion officials revealed Thursday,
announcing that Dustin
Poirier will now face Swanson in the German’s stead.
No reason was given for Siver’s withdrawal. UFC on Fuel TV 7 takes
place Feb. 16 at Wembley Arena in London. Headlined by an interim
bantamweight title showdown between Renan Barao and Michael
McDonald, the evening’s main draw airs live on Fuel TV, while
the preliminary card streams immediately prior on Facebook.
Poirier, 23, has won six of his last seven fights, tasting defeat
just once since joining the
UFC in January 2011. “The Diamond” rebounded from his
hard-fought submission loss to Chan Sung
Jung in May by finishing Jonathan
Brookins last month at “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 16 finale.
The victory earned Poirier his sixth career submission victory and
his 11th overall finish in 13 professional outings.
Six years older than his opponent, Swanson went on a tear last
year, earning three straight victories by way of knockout. The
Jackson’s MMA rep kicked off 2012 with a second-round stoppage of
Roop and then did the same thing to Ross
Pearson this past June. Most recently, Swanson stopped Charles
Oliveira at UFC 152, knocking out the Brazilian prospect in
2:40 on Sept. 22.