Siver: Nunes will fold when pressured

by Ariel Helwani | source:

Often when someone debuts in a new weight class, the UFC will sort of ease him into things. However, Nunes is arguably a top-five UFC featherweight. Did the match-up surprise you when you were presented it?

You're absolutely right. I was kind of expecting an easier fight for my first fight in the weight class, but on the other hand, it's pretty obvious that getting an opponent such as Diego signifies that the UFC actually thinks that I can hang with the top guys in the weight class. Plus, obviously, a win over Diego Nunes is going to put me in a much more favorable position than a win against some scrub. On the other hand, if I'm going to lose to Diego Nunes, obviously it's going to be a bad loss because Diego is very high in the rankings, but at the same time, it's not a catastrophe.

Have you studied a lot of tape on Nunes, and if so, what are the biggest holes in his game that you have identified?

I have watched a lot of his fight, especially the ones in the UFC. I analyzed his style a lot. His main weakness is his conditioning. I feel like when he is pressured, he kind of folds sometimes and doesn't fight to his potential. I think his ground game might not be very strong, but he's a very, very good striker. He's dangerous.

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twodragunns site profile image  

4/13/12 7:43 PM by twodragunns

 I like Nunes in this matchup .... Siver is slower than Nunes and I see this fight going 2 rounds for Nunes and 1 round for Siver giving Nunes a 29-28 UD win, then Siver can go back to LW where he belongs.

Poindexter site profile image  

4/13/12 4:00 PM by Poindexter

 Siver über Nunes.

Freakin 10er site profile image  

4/13/12 3:39 PM by Freakin 10er

To be fair he wasn't exactly lightning at lw either. His main advantage is going to be power at featherweight. If he can catch just about anyone in this division he'll be solid. I'll be rooting for him

birdo site profile image  

4/13/12 12:12 PM by birdo

I wanna see a ROMO of Nunes. His face looks hilarious on anything, living or otherwise...

RandyDarsh site profile image  

4/13/12 12:10 PM by RandyDarsh


Kommata site profile image  

4/13/12 11:59 AM by Kommata

did he make weight?he was 1 pound over @ the weight ins

ontilt site profile image  

4/13/12 11:56 AM by ontilt

I think moving down will actually hurt him. Siver is not fast and his downfall is getting caught and finished. He's going to be much slower then a lot of his opponents.

ThePoopWizard site profile image  

4/13/12 11:38 AM by ThePoopWizard

Siver is much more entertaining il be rooting for him. He always attacks.

Ponyboy site profile image  

4/13/12 11:37 AM by Ponyboy

Pressured by the extra weight?

stevekt site profile image  

4/13/12 11:30 AM by stevekt

Siver is going to featherweight? That's gotta be rough change. The guy looks like mini Brock.