UFC Fight Night 59: Highlights from McGregor vs. Siver Weigh-Ins, Jose Aldo Q&A

On Sunday, January 18th the UFC held UFC Fight Night 59: McGregor vs. Siver from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

In the main event of the evening polarizing featherweight Conor McGregor stepped into the main event spotlight on U.S. soil for the first time when he faced Denis Siver. McGregor was fighting for a title shot in this one after fellow contenders, Dennis Bermudez and Cub Swanson, fell in recent months. McGregor had won twelve straight including four straight inside the octagon. He earned the biggest victory of his career when he scored a TKO victory over Dustin Porier in his last bout. While McGregor was entering the nineteenth fight of his career Siver was amazingly be entering the UFC octagon for the twentieth time. Siver had had mixed results in his long tenure including twice being on the verge of a title shot with four fight winning streaks before losing his next bout. In his last outing Siver scored a decision win over Charles Rosa.

In the night’s co-main event of the evening we saw a Pay-per-view quality main event when Benson Henderson clashed with Donald Cerrone for the third time. Henderson was originally slated to face Eddie Alvarez, but Cerrone took the place of an injured Alvarez. For only the second time in his UFC career Henderson was fighting after a loss. In his last bout Henderson fell victim to Rafael dos Anjos in what was a somewhat controversial stoppage. Cerrone was certainly be fighting for a title shot in this one. Cerrone had won six straight fights including beating Myles Jury only two weeks ago. To earn that title shot Cerrone had to get the Henderson monkey off of his back. The two men fought twice in WEC. Henderson won both meetings with the first being a five round war and the second being a quick submission.

On the main card we also saw the return of Uriah Hall and an interesting lightweight tilt between Norman Parke and Gleison Tibau. That main card kicked off on Fox Sports 1 at 10 p.m. ET. Preliminary action preceded the main card at 7 p.m. ET also on Fox Sports 1 while two early preliminary fights streamed on UFC Fight Pass at 6 p.m. ET.

MAIN CARD
Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver
Donald Cerrone vs. Benson Henderson
Uriah Hall  vs. Ron Stallings
Norman Parke vs. Gleison Tibau
Cathal Pendred vs. Sean Spencer
John Howard vs. Lorenz Larkin
Zhang Lipeng vs. Chris Wade
Patrick Holohan vs. Shane Howell
Johnny Case vs. Frankie Perez
Charles Rosa vs. Sean Soriano
Sean O’Connell vs. Matt Van Buren
Tateki Matsuda vs. Joby Sanchez

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