Dennis Siver vs. Donald Cerrone: Will Winner Fight for the Lightweight Title?

Brandon ChillingworthCorrespondent IIOctober 26, 2011

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 22:  Denis Siver does some glove work during an Open Workout ahead of UFC Sydney 127 at Star City on February 22, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)
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This Saturday at UFC 137, Donald Cerrone will be fighting fellow lightweight contender Dennie Siver. Donald Cerrone stepped in for Sam Stout, but he's far from a replacement fighter. Cerrone has won his last five fights in a row, and Siver has four in a row.

Both guys are at the top of the division, and have entertaining styles that would make for great title fights.

Siver is an extremely powerful kickboxer with good takedown defense. His kicks are lethal, and he carves up opponents from the legs up. Siver would make a very interesting matchup with Frankie Edgar.

Cerrone is one of my favorite fighters, and one of the most exciting in the UFC. Cerrone came over from the WEC, fighting for the belt three times. He' still a young fighter, and has all of the skills it takes to be a champion.

Cerrone has a good standup background, using kicks, knees, elbows and punches. "The Cowboy" also has great jiu-jitsu, and is one of the most exciting fighters on the ground in his guard.

This fight has all of the makings of a fight of the night. Both guys are more than willing to stand and bang for the full three rounds. Cerrone has more of a ground fighting background, but usually only uses it when he gets taken down.

I bet this fight will be a war, and by far one of the best of the year. This is a tough match for both fighters, and they deserve a lot of credit for taking it.

I think that the winner of this fight deserves a title shot against Frankie Edgar for the UFC lightweight title. Ben Henderson is fighting Clay Guida on the UFC on Fox card. The winner of that will likely also be handed a title shot, so it will be interesting to see which fighter gets it first.

It might take a publicity stunt to do it, but whoever wins this fight does deserve a chance at UFC gold. The lightweight division is stacked, and is one of the best in all of MMA.

Regardless of who gets the next UFC title shot, it will be a barn-burner. Frankie Edgar will be in for a slug-fest with whoever he fights next.