Coming from a family of Russian citizens of German descent, Dennis Siver has that certain European swagger that is cerebral and cunning for a mixed martial arts fighter in a 5’7” frame. At first glance, Siver could also be easily mistaken as a Daniel Craig doppelganger. The two not only share a James Bond-like face that fits perfectly in the silver screen, but also a chiseled physique that could probably make a grown man squirm and retreat by its mere presence. The Menace, as he is aptly called in the mixed martial arts world, started training various disciplines of martial arts at the ripe age of 15. He delved into sambo, judo, taekwondo, and kickboxing, becoming the World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (WAKO) champion in 1997. After learning these disciplines, Siver aimed to take his talents to new heights by testing his skills in the mixed martial arts arena. He fought in small promotions throughout England, Sweden, Slovenia, and Germany. Following a submission victory against a highly touted English fighter, Jim Wallhead, Siver was called upon to the bright lights of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Though he started his UFC career inconsistently, Dennis Siver went on to compile a decent record in the octagon with notable wins against Paul Kelly, Andre Winner, George Sotiropoulos, and Brazilian rising star, Diego Nunes. Thus, earning the reputation of being one of the sport’s most exciting fighters to watch because of his rough and tumble approach in fighting that includes vicious strikes on the feet and a wide array of submissions in the ground, proven by the Submission of the Night he received in UFC 122 held in his home country of Germany.
The UFC constantly hold events outside the United States as a way to reach out to their millions of fans across the globe. Canada and Brazil have always been the go-to-venues of the UFC, due to the fact that these countries are hotbeds for mixed martial arts fighters. Lately, the UFC has been penetrating the Asian and European market by creating jam-packed fight cards that feature the organizations top fighters, and Germany is no exception to the UFC invasion. Germany has always been known for being die hard sports fans, because their athletes flourish in their respective sports like soccer, basketball, and even poker, where German card sharks like Tobias Reinkemeier, Pius Heinz, and Marvin Rettenmaier rank among the top felt table fiends in the world. The sport of poker may be hundreds of miles away from the popularity of soccer, but with poker rooms and online poker sites such as, de.partypoker.com, incessantly springing up in the awareness of Germans, poker – just like mixed martial arts – it may well be considered as a fast rising sport in the country. In previous legs, Germany has also been the host for the European Poker Tour (EPT), and recently, German poker player, Daniel Pidun, won the EPT event in Berlin by polishing his cutthroat strategies and applying it on the poker table.
In hindsight, Dennis Siver’s approach in training and fighting is no different from the majority of athletes, but what sets him apart from other UFC featherweight warriors is the pressure of carrying the whole Germany behind his broad shoulders, and opening new avenues for German fighters to excel in MMA. While the UFC constantly strives for global prominence by making the sport a household name, and gaining fans in the process, Siver is no different. Like every MMA fighter in his weight class, he aims at winning the UFC featherweight championship, and putting his name and his country in the history books of mixed martial arts. He continues his quest for the title at UFC 162, against fellow 145-pound powerhouse, Cub Swanson, in what could be another barn burner for all MMA fans.