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Steven Siler Talks Title fight, UFC release

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The main event this Friday night at Titan FC 32 could possibly be a FOTY candidate between two fan friendly featherweights. Desmond Green (13-3) and Steven Siler (23-13) will tangle for the promotion’s first ever featherweight title in what appears will be a fist-flying five-round war.

Desmond Green is coming off of a brutal beating of former WEC champion Miguel Torres, but Siler has 5 wins under his belt in a promotion that Green hasn’t been involved with yet, the UFC. However, Steven was just cut from the promotion and his journey back starts Friday night on CBS Sports.

“It’s unfortunate.” Siler stated commenting on losing 3 straight in the UFC before being cut. “I had a tough battle with (Dennis) Bermudez then the second fight (against Rony Jansen) was just a horrible call. I landed an up-kick while he was attacking so I clearly wasn’t out. Then the third fight I just lacked motivation. In my training I look forward to just going home and I wasn’t into it at all.”

Siler lost to Dennis Bermudez via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 31. He then lost by TKO in the 1st round to Rony Jansen at UFC Fight Night 38 and he finally lost again by unanimous decision to Noad Lahat at UFC on Fox 12 before being released.

“After the release my motivation was restored, when the UFC cut me I finally noticed that I was losing my dream. So I got myself re-focused and after this win on Friday, hopefully I’ll only need one more (win) and then I’m back into the UFC.”

Siler was mostly uninterested in specifically rematching any of the combatants he recently lost to. He’s ok with fighting anybody and made note that he’s fought the same guy (Olly Bradstreet) 4 times and he’s fought another guy (Kawaika Kauwe) 3 times earlier on in his MMA career.

(Steven Siler goes for the rear-naked choke on Kurt Holobaugh, photo: Ed Mulholland/ESPN)
(Steven Siler goes for the rear-naked choke on Kurt Holobaugh, photo: Ed Mulholland/ESPN)

Steven is excited about his opportunity with Titan and very happy that his first bout under the banner is for the promotion’s 145 lb. title.

“I was very happy when Titan FC picked me up. They told me that I’d have a fight soon and that’s all I wanted was to fight somebody as soon as possible. They were the first to call and they hooked me right up. It’s really cool that I’m in a title fight. I was expecting to be in a main card fight then I saw Des (Green) win his fight and earn his shot then I saw on TV that he’d be facing me and I was shocked. However I was more than happy to take the opportunity.”

Siler has 36 professional MMA bouts and believes that will be the difference in his fight with Desmond. Steven also mentions that fans may see some veteran tricks in Friday night’s main event.

“I have a big advantage, I have like 3 times more fights and I’ve been at this way longer. I know the tricks in and out of the cage and I’ll be using them Friday. When he (Green) makes a mistake you’ll see how I capitalize and what I have up my sleeve.”

Steven has switched training camps to soak up the knowledge of Green’s strength which is his wrestling pedigree. Siler feels this will give him another big advantage and plans on finishing the fight early.

“I went to the MMA Lab in Arizona and trained for 4 weeks with former UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson and Efrain (Escudero). Des is a good wrestler and they have a ton of good wrestlers out of there so it made sense to go to Arizona. I don’t like working overtime so on Friday night I’m going out there and will try to end this fight in the first round. I’ll either knock him out or choke him out, as long as he goes to sleep then I’ll be happy.”

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.