Dennis Bermudez continues to provide plenty of thrills in the UFC featherweight division. His latest effort was an exciting three-round unanimous decision victory over Steven Siler at Fight for the Troops 3.
Bermudez showcased his strong wrestling background and solid striking in earning 30-27 verdicts on all three scorecards. The first round featured some wild scrambles. “The Menace” scored a takedown of Siler, but eventually had to fight off guillotine and triangle choke attempts. At one point, Bermudez had to utilize a slam to the canvas to ward off one of Siler’s submission efforts.
By the end of the round, it was Siler who was forced to fight off a tight guillotine effort from Bermudez. It was truly a round that had a bit of everything.
In the second round, both men exchanged good shots, but again it was Bermudez working his way into dominant top position with a takedown and he had Siler in discomfort with a serious neck crank. The third round was again a Bermudez round, but not before he was forced to escape an early guillotine attempt.
The two fighters then kept matters standing until a well-executed takedown by Bermudez with just 90 seconds remaining. Siler was able to work his way back to his feet, and the fighters delighted the assembled military personnel at Fort Campbell, Kentucky by exchanging in a wild toe-to-toe slugfest right to the final bell.
Bermudez has been on quite the roll, having recorded five consecutive victories. Since his loss in the finale of the Ultimate Fighter 14 to Diego Brandao, Bermudez has defeated Siler, Max Holloway, Matt Grice, Tommy Hayden and Pablo Garza.
Bermudez’s exciting style and winning ways should definitely get him noticed by UFC brass. He’s received a number of post-fight bonuses and seems to be involved in a thrilling battle each time out. With a very strong 145-pound division, Bermudez has likely worked his way into a high-profile fight moving forward.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports