Siver and Cub Swanson
will square off in a featherweight co-main event at
UFC on Fuel TV 7, promotion officials announced Wednesday.
The event takes place Feb. 16 at Wembley Arena in London and will
see Renan “Barao” Pegado defend his
UFC interim bantamweight title against rising talent Michael
McDonald. The evening’s main draw airs live on Fuel TV and will
also showcase a potentially explosive light heavyweight
confrontation pitting Cyrille
Diabate against Jimi
Siver, 33, recently put forth a superior performance at UFC on Fox
5 this past Saturday, dismantling veteran Nam Phan en
route to a unanimous decision victory on the undercard. The victory
marks the Russian-born German’s sixth victory in seven fights, as
he kicked off 2012 with a hard-fought triumph over the highly
regarded Diego Nunes
at UFC on Fuel TV 2.
Swanson also rides a hot streak heading into the pivotal
featherweight clash, as the Jackson’s MMA rep has not lost since
suffering a submission defeat to Ricardo
Lamas 13 months ago in his Octagon debut. Three consecutive
victories would follow for Swanson, who knocked out George Roop
Pearson earlier this year before doing the same to Charles
Oliveira on Sept. 22 at UFC 152.