Frankie Edgar vs. Dennis Siver Head-to-Toe Breakdown
Frankie Edgar's recent drop to featherweight and subsequent title loss to Jose Aldo has opened him up to a number of fights at 145.
One of those fights could be against German striker Dennis Siver, who has looked amazing since making the drop from lightweight and could be a potential No. 1 contender down the road.
Here is a head-to-toe breakdown of a potential Edgar-Siver fight, which could grace the main card of any event it's on.
Frankie Edgar and Dennis Siver are on different spectrums in terms of striking.
Edgar is quick on his feet and has tremendous footwork. This allows him to create advantageous angles that score him points with his hands.
He is more of a boxer than anything, but will mix kicks in occasionally.
Siver throws kicks in high volumes and is very quick about it. He uses a karate style that incorporates front kicks, spinning back kicks and body kicks.
That being said, it's not as if Siver doesn't throw punches. He has knockout power in his hands and can end a fight at any point if he lands cleanly.
It is close, but Siver's diversity is what gives him the edge here.
Frankie Edgar was a Division I wrestler at Clarion University. Dennis Siver has dabbled in sambo and judo.
Do you get the picture I am drawing here?
Previous to his main event run, Frankie Edgar used his wrestling more than anything to win his fights. He has continued to use it in bouts against Gray Maynard and Jose Aldo, but uses it more as a backup to his boxing.
Dennis Siver showed improvement in his wrestling in his dominant win over Nam Phan. Siver has good takedown defense, but will be tested against a real high-level takedown artist like Edgar.
Frankie Edgar hasn't earned a tapout since 2009, but has shown to be quite a competent submission grappler in bouts with Gray Maynard and BJ Penn. He uses more ground strikes to open up his opponents, but has submissions in his arsenal to use as well.
Dennis Siver does have nine submission wins under his belt, but most came in the European regional circuit against lower level talent. His last submission win came in 2010, when he choked out Andre Winner with a rear-naked choke.
The combination of wrestling and high-level grappling give the New Jersey native the nod here.
Should this fight go down, it could be an interesting affair based on what Frankie Edgar chooses to do.
We know Dennis Siver would like to strike and use his kicks to wear down Edgar, but would the American bother entertaining a guy whose world is striking?
Edgar would probably resort to wrestling with Siver, knowing that he has the superior ground game. Edgar has not won a fight since losing the belt to Benson Henderson at UFC 144 and needs to get back in the win column.
I think Edgar would do just that, outpointing the German striker and handing him his first loss at 145.
Prediction: Edgar def. Siver via decision