It is hard to name another fighter in the UFC’s lightweight division that has had as much success as Matt Wiman, yet continues to fly under the radar.  Despite an appearance on the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter and a 7-3 record inside the promotion over the past five years, Wiman is rarely mentioned in the 155-pound rankings.

“I’m not concerned where I am in people’s rankings,” proclaimed Wiman.  “There are so many good 55’ers.  My focus is to be the best fighter I can be.”

The ever-busy fighter took a few minutes away from his training at Easton’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (opertated by the Kline Bros.) in Arvada, Colo., to talk with The MMA Corner about his upcoming bout with fast-rising kickboxer, Dennis Siver.  The pair will battle at UFC 132 on Saturday, July 2, from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Wiman’s opponent, Siver, has quickly become a contender in the lightweight division, going 6-1 over his last seven UFC bouts.  The Russian-born, Germany-based fighter is coming off an upset of George Sotiropoulos in his last outing at UFC 127.

“I’m very excited about fighting Siver because he is the man to beat right now,” Wiman declared.  “I think Dennis is the best fighter he has ever been, but so am I.  His last few wins were very impressive.”

One of the wins that Wiman refers to is a submission win over British fighter Andre Winner.  Winner was recently quoted as saying that people are overrating Siver.  Wiman disagrees with that assessment.

“I don’t think Siver is overrated.  In fact, it may be the opposite.”

Clearly, Wiman isn’t taking the fight against Siver lightly, but one of Wiman’s recent victories may still be fresh in the minds of fans.

At UFC 115 last June, Wiman faced The Ultimate Fighter Season 6 winner Mac Danzig.  Less than two minutes into the fight, Wiman locked in a tight guillotine choke.  Referee Yves Lavigne believed Danzig was unconscious and stopped the fight, much to Danzig’s dismay.

Even though he was awarded the win, Wiman had to work through the situation.

“The Danzig fight was very rough on me for a bit,” admitted Wiman.  “I got over it.  It was what is was and I now have no thoughts about it.”

Wiman was slated to rematch Danzig at Ultimate Fight Night 22, but both fighters were forced out with injuries.  Eventually, Wiman went on to face Cole Miller at UFC Fight for the Troops 2 and put on one of the most dominating performances of his career.

Now riding a three-fight win streak, Wiman is eager to face Siver.

“Dennis has all my attention and I’m focusing on fighting a great fight.  I’m very hungry to keep stepping forward and overcoming challenges.  I will do whatever it takes for victory on July 2.”

Photo: Matt Wiman (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)

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