There are guys who look like heroes. You know the ones. They’re in the gym lifting and flexing, and they can hardly walk because their muscles get in the way. To the untrained eye, they look tough. But in reality, they are only strong.

Then there are the MMA fighters that look like regular guys. Chuck Liddell, one of the greatest ever, sometimes looked more like a tough biker than a MMA fighter. But when he stepped in the Octagon. Liddell owned almost everyone he faced. Michael Chiesa, Joe Lauzon, David Rickels and Rich Franklin all come to mind, too.

Siler (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

Siler (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

“Super” Steven Siler carries himself more like Clark Kent, Superman’s alter-ego, outside the cage. But, just like the superhero, it’s best not to judge a book by its cover. Siler has the heart of a lion and a will of steel. Unlike Superman, who tried to avoid using his powers, Siler can’t wait to demonstrate his strengths in his next fight at UFC Fight Night 38 in Brazil against Brazilian submission expert Rony “Jason” Mariano Bezerra.

“I am very competitive and I hate losing,” said Siler in an exclusive interview with The MMA Corner. “If I am caught in a bad position where most people might tap, I don’t. I don’t quit. I have a big heart and will fight through the pain and fight through the tough spots to turn the fight around. I come forward, I choose my shots and I like to pick my opponent apart.”

Out of 34 fights, Siler has gone the distance only nine times. He is an exciting fighter who can win with his striking, but who prefers to finish fights with his submissions. Out of his 23 wins, 13 have come from a variety of chokes.

“My goal is to be an exciting fighter,” Siler revealed. “I want fans to be excited to watch me fight—to see my name on a card and say, ‘I can’t miss this one. Siler’s fighting.’ Of course, I want to win because I hate losing, but I want to keep coming forward, keep going for the sub, keep going for the finish.

“That’s why I like Anderson Silva. Even as a champ, he was always looking to end the fight. You never knew when the knockout was coming, but you knew it was on its way. If I am ever champ, I won’t fight to win, but I will fight to win. You can’t let the fear of losing the belt change your fight, like I think GSP did. He used to be an exciting fighter, but towards the end he would use his takedowns for points, but then go back and forth from guard to passing guard and back to guard again. That’s not me.”

Unlike Superman, Siler doesn’t mind being the spoiler.

“Going into Brazil doesn’t scare me,” he admitted. “I’ve fought most of my fights in hostile territory. I fought and beat [Joey] Gambino in New Jersey. I knocked out Mike Brown in Boston—and he is from Maine—which was almost like home territory for him. I like it. I’ve fought in Australia. So, jet lag, the travel, the crowd, the weight cut—they are all routine to me.”

Coming off a recent loss to fellow The Ultimate Fighter 14 alum Dennis Bermudez has the 23-11 Siler very hungry.

“I was passive in that fight. I let him take me down and was content to be in my guard and working off my back,” explained Siler. “He surprised me. His stand-up was miles above what it was on the show. I was confident I could submit him from the guard and I tried a lot, but he kept getting out of them. I should have gotten up sooner, but I was thinking that he was going to go for the takedown anyway, so I should stay on my back and submit him. I let him outpoint me. That won’t happen again. I will get up and put the pressure on [Bezerra].”

Siler (top) drops punches (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

Siler (top) drops punches (Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

Looking back on his nine-year MMA career, Siler is proud of a lot of accomplishments. However, there are a couple of moments that really stand out.

“So far, knocking Brown out in 50 seconds was big for me,” he said. “I mean, former WEC champ, former No. 1 contender—that was great. So was beating Cole Miller. That was only my second fight in the UFC, and that was his 12th. He has a good name and it looks like the UFC really respects him. I heard he might be part of a co-main event versus Conor McGregor, so that win showed me that I really do belong in the UFC. It really helped me get my nerves out and built my confidence.”

But not even those highlights compare to the family man’s greatest accomplishment.

“My wife and I are expecting our first child, a boy, in May and that is best thing I have ever done, and it hasn’t even happened yet,” he laughed. “So far, the best day of my life was when we found out. She took the test and we were waiting. The time was up and I blocked her from seeing the stick. I turned around and held it in for a little bit, but I was too excited.”

Clark Kent tried to avoid the spotlight and attempted to blend in with the faceless crowd, but Siler loves to interact with his fans and even his detractors. You can find him on Twitter, his favorite medium, conversing about hockey, sports and MMA.

“There are some people who like to run their mouths, saying that I don’t look like a fighter or that they could take me in a street fight, and I don’t mind jawing back and forth with them. But I really like interacting with everyone,” Siler smiled.

He may not mind his detractors, but he doesn’t take kindly to people talking negatively about female fighters.

“I love watching the girls fight. They are very entertaining. They just go for it. There are some fans who don’t want to watch because they say they’d be able to beat them up. Those girls are tough and would kick their butts,” Siler said. “They say that about the flyweights, too, that they don’t have knockout power, but if [John] Dodson was in the streets, he would tear them up.”

Siler may look like the 15-year-old kid next door, he may not demand attention when he walks into a room, and he certainly isn’t going to be playing the heel like Chael Sonnen or the Diaz brothers anytime soon. However, if you are in the featherweight division of the UFC, you’d better take notice, because he is coming for you. And once you’re locked in the Octagon with Siler, he won’t play nice. He will use one of his many powers to make you go to sleep.

Steven would like to thank his sponsors: VA Mortgages—“They’re the best. They help me every day by giving me a place to train. My life would not be the same without them in my corner.” He would also like to thank Genox Transport, Dynamic Fastener, Alien Fightwear and Rocwear Watches. He would also like to thank his gym, The Pit Elevated Fight Team, his teammates and his coach, Jason Mertlich. Steven would especially like to thank his wife. Follow Siler on Facebook at Super Steve Siler and on Twitter: @Stevesiler

About The Author

Staff Writer

Amber currently resides in Tampa, Fla., a hotbed of MMA. She was introduced to the sport Memorial Day weekend in 2006 and quickly became addicted. Amber loves the fact that the biggest and strongest don’t always win, the respect the competitors show and that women are finally getting their shot. She also writes a blog for Fight It Out gear. When not watching MMA, Amber can be found at the beach playing volleyball, in the gym learning from Tampa’s only female BJJ Black Belt, cheering on her eight-year-old daughter in tae kwon do, or at her day job. She has a girlfriend, daughter, too many dogs and a cat who lives in the attic. Communication highly encouraged at amber at fightitout dot com.