UFC Fight Night 59 goes down Sunday, Jan. 18 at Boston’s TD Garden. The main card airs on FOX Sports 1 after preliminary fights on FOX Sports 2 and UFC Fight Pass. The main event for this event will be Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver. The co-main event will be Donald Cerrone vs. Benson Henderson.
Conor McGregor was doing the media rounds on Tuesday and appeared on several ESPN shows. In this interview, Conor McGregor appeared Highly Questionable with Dan Le Batard and Bomani Jones that airs weekdays at 4:00 PM ET on ESPN2.
On Siver’s past history with performance enhancing drugs: “I feel he has been on that stuff his whole career and who knows his evolution? “
“He has probably evolved his skills of hiding the substance. So as far as I’m aware, he could be entering this contest on performance-enhancing drugs as it is. I do not respect an individual like that.”
McGregor (16-2) Has 1 decision victories, 14 knockout victory and 1 submission victory. He has won his last 12 fights. In his last five fights, he has finished four by knockouts.
“He has two options,” McGregor said. “He can either retire or he will be cut from the promotion. On the night, on the air, I will cut him myself as I believe I am shaping up to become vice president of the UFC pretty soon. So I will be making cuts myself.”
McGregor knocked out Ivan Buchinger at CWFC 51 – Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 51 on Dec / 31 / 2012, then he knocked out Marcus Brimage at UFC on Fuel TV 9 – Mousasi vs. Latifi on Apr / 06 / 2013 and then he dominated Max Holloway at UFC Fight Night – Shogun vs. Sonnen on Aug / 17 / 2013. He knocked out Diego Brandao at UFC Fight Night – McGregor vs. Brandao on Jul / 19 / 2014. In his last fight, he knocked out Dustin Poirier at UFC 178 – Johnson vs. Cariaso on Sep / 27 / 2014
On calling Siver a nazi: “I realized people outside of the contest took offense,” McGregor said. “I did not want to offend nobody that is not involved in the contest. But as far as offending Dennis, I do not care about Dennis. I will call him whatever I want and I will do what I please to him on Sunday night.”
McGregor almost out classes Siver in all areas of fighting. I see no issues for McGregor here in this fight. Could McGregor get an early knockout? Sure, but Siver is a tough dude, who will stay in with McGregor for the early rounds. By the fourth round, McGregor finishes him with a TKO finish.
McGregor is a dominant fighter, who has world class skills in all areas of MMA. With the UFC putting UFC Fight Night 59 not only on a Sunday night, but against an AFC Championship NFL game, the promotion had to put a fighter like McGregor front and center to get people interested in this event.
Let’s be honest, the card is decent, but nothing to go out of your way to see. McGregor is a fighter that you do go out of your way to see. From the way he carries himself, talks about himself and opponents then to his exciting fighting style that can see a fight go several minutes or as of recent, seconds.
McGregor is the number one contender in that division and now the UFC will see if their “boy” can beat one of the most dominant fighters not only in that division, but in all of the UFC.