After finishing three of his first four opponents in the opening round, Ireland’s fastest-rising MMA superstar — Conor McGregor — faces the toughest challenge of his career this weekend when he squares off with Dennis Siver in Boston, according to a Jan. 15 report from MMA Junkie. McGregor, 26, is confident he’ll take out Siver in devastating fashion in the UFC Fight Night 59 headliner, to earn a world title shot against Jose Aldo.
Does Siver stand any chance at all to reign supreme at UFC Fight Night 59? Anything can happen inside the world-famous Octagon, but the odds are surely stacked against him. Siver, 36, heads in as a heavy underdog, having won just once since 2012. Most fight fans believe McGregor is stronger and a step faster than his UFC Fight Night 59 opponent.
Here’s the thing: McGregor and Siver may be more evenly matched than most folks think, but the Irishman has a knack for beating opponents before he ever gets in the cage with them. He’s so confident that it gets in his opponents’ heads, so McGregor obviously has the mental edge heading into UFC Fight Night 59.
On paper, the UFC Fight Night 49 is definitely a squash match. McGregor has lightning fast hands, the kind of striking quickness that only comes around once in a generation. Siver will likely be a step slower since he’s a decade older than McGregor. Fighting isn’t a young man’s game, and Father Time is going to catch up with Siver one of these days.
Elsewhere on the UFC Fight Night 59 card, Donald Cerrone stepped up on short notice to fight Benson Henderson. It’ll be interesting to see how Henderson handles the new challenge, as he was penciled in months in advance to battle Eddie Alvarez. Since Henderson had been training to fight Alvarez, it was no easy task transitioning to a training program for Cerrone.
Luckily for Henderson, he’s very familiar with Cerrone. The men have squared off twice before, with Henderson winning on both occasions. While Henderson defeated Cerrone twice already, it’s been close to five years since they last met. UFC Fight Night 59 will definitely conclude their trilogy, as its unlikely they’ll ever lock horns again.
UFC Fight Night 59, which emanates Jan. 18 from Boston’s TD Garden, features Uriah Hall against Ron Stallings in a middleweight feature fight on the main card. Hall had been training for a different opponent, but Stallings stepped up on short notice. Finally, Norman Parke faces Gleison Tibau at lightweight, rounding out the UFC Fight Night 59 main card.