Siver and Cerrone are on the cusp of the upper echelon of UFC's stacked lightweight division.
Cerrone has fought a lot this year already and was a late replacement for Sam Stout, who pulled out of the fight with Siver earlier.
In Cerrone's three previous fights, two have ended early with a submission and a knockout. In his last fight, Cerrone came out and pummeled Charles Oliveira for his first career knockout victory.
Getting into the breakdown on the ground, I would definitely give the edge to Cerrone, who holds 12 victories by submission out of his total 16 wins. Although I totally wouldn't count Siver out.
Even though Siver is a good striker, he holds nine submission victories and is a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Still, though, I would give the edge to the Greg Jackson-trained Donald Cerrone.
In striking, I give the edge to Siver, but only slightly. Siver is very creative with his strikes and has a very good kickboxing background. Siver knows the ins and outs of striking, and he possesses some scary hands.
Siver has what it takes to end the fight standing, but again, the decision here is razor thin, as Cerrone possesses good hands and is very capable of winning in the striking department, despite only having one career knockout win.
Both fighters bring a lot to the table, but after seeing how Matt Wiman was against Siver, I think Cerrone is a step-up in competition; and Siver barely won the fight with Wiman.
It is all good to go for Cerrone's fight with Nam Phan at UFC 145.
Cerrone by unanimous decision in Las Vegas.
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