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.

Below are full results as well as a recap of the night’s action.

Main Card Summary

Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver

The Conor McGregor show starts now. Will the rising Irish star punch his ticket to a featherweight title shot, or will Dennis Siver, widely overlooked in the weeks leading into the fight, play the role of spoiler?

Round 1, don’t blink. These guys are both devastatingly accurate strikers. Fans are on their feet. Siver refuses to touch gloves, McGregor flips him off. Exchange of kicks. McGregor landing. Spinning back kick by Conor, then he slips. McGregor might be a little too amped up, missing spin kicks. Stuffs a takedown by Siver. Siver lands a left. McGregor claps his hands, throws a spinning kick, playing the mental game. McGregor gets through with a let. Siver’s cut. Another left, kicks connecting, but Herb Dean stops the fight as Siver has lost his mouthpiece. Now back on. Conor shrugs off a takedown. Connecting almost at will. High kick lands. Combo lands. Works him against the cage, Siver tries for the takedown, McGregor stands back up. Siver bleeding more now. McGregor misses an uppercut. Tags Siver along the fence and keeps swinging as the bell rings. First round is all McGregor.

Round 2, hard head kick by McGregor. Siver is still active, still dangerous. McGregor lands a straight left. Siver active on his feet. Throws a body kick. More lefts by McGregor. Siver is backed up against the fence, walks into a punch. Tries for a takedown, stuffed again. Conor tags him, drops him, this may be it. Full mount by Conor. Dropping elbows, and Herb Dean waves it off! McGregor jumps the fence and runs right up to Jose Aldo, screaming at him! Aldo just smiles.

Joe Rogan announces after the fight that Jose Aldo will be coming into the octagon — but when the time comes, Aldo appears to have declined, which may have been for the best. Instead, they interview him outside the cage. Aldo says via translator that “all I do is laugh at him” in regards to McGregor’s antics. He does say he thinks the fight with the McGregor will be great for the UFC.

Conor McGregor defeated Dennis Siver by TKO, Round 2, 1:54

Donald Cerrone vs. Benson Henderson

The co-main event of the evening would probably be headlining any Fight Night card not taking place in Boston (or Ireland) and starring Conor McGregor. Benson Henderson and Cowboy Cerrone meet for the third time in their careers, with Cerrone taking the fight just fifteen days after beating Myles Jury at UFC 182. That is, frankly, nothing short of insane, but that’s Cowboy.

Round 1 opens with Cowboy working the jab. Henderson with a swing and a miss. How will the fifteen days between fights impact things here? Henderson lands a leg kick. They exchange up close, a dangerous distance. Cowboy slightly more aggressive. Benson lands a right. Cerrone is respecting Henderson’s takedown ability, not sticking his leg out, meaning fewer kicks than usual, but he has thrown a few front kicks. Henderson throwing frequent kicks of his own now. Cerrone throws a counter right, Smooth slips it. Cerrone lands a left and a solid leg kick, then another. Henderson answers with a kick of his own. The buzzer rings – close round. Great bout so far.

Round 2, Henderson with front leg side kicks, Jones style as pointed out by Joe Rogan. Solid kick to the body by Cerrone. They clinch. Henderson with a knee, Cerrone misses one of his own. Still anyone’s fight. Cerrone lands a counter. Henderson lands a combo. Nice kick by Cowboy. Henderson way up on the kick count. Cerrone almost ate a knee to the face. Cowboy being kept at bay by Smooth.  Henderson still landing kicks, this round going his way so far. Cerrone lands a head kick however. Henderson hits the body. Cerrone with a takedown with 90 seconds to go in the round, could be big. Henderson up with a minute to go, lands another kick. Flying knee attempted by Henderson. Hard kick to the leg by Smooth to end the round. That one likely went to Henderson.

Round 3, and it’s for all the marbles. Cerrone has looked a little hesitant at times. How are the judges seeing this? Crowd into this. Both men swinging. If there’s a story to the fight so far it’s that Henderson has added some new tricks. Cerrone with a combo, lands a few. Henderson kicking away. He’s thrown a couple of jabs to the thigh also. Superman punch by Henderson. High kick by Smooth may have clipped Cowboy. Cowboy catches a kick. Tries for a takedown, nothing there. Knee by Henderson. Halfway mark in the round. Hard kick by Cowboy. Cowboy gets Henderson down after a miss, has the back but Henderson is right back up. Cowboy feigns a knee. 90 seconds to go. Cowboy moving forward but is then pushed back by Henderson. Overall, Henderson has been the aggressor in this round. Solid leg kick by Cowboy has the crowd going. Under a minute. Cowboy kicks high. They trade kicks, flying knee by Cowboy, and they go the full fifteen minutes! We wait for the decision… Cowboy! Close call, could have gone either way.

Donald Cerrone defeated Benson Henderson by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Uriah Hall  vs. Ron Stallings

Uriah Hall takes on short notice replacement Ron Stallings, his third scheduled opponent for this middleweight fight. Round 1 opens with a flying knee by Hall. Looks like he’s out to make a statement. Hall with a hard push kick. Stallings staying composed. Hall just misses with a hard spinning back kick. Mixing up his kicks nicely, both leg to leg and changing levels. Hall does need to be careful however, was nearly caught on a sloppy spinning kick.  Stallings connects, Hall still steady. Uriah tags and drops him, swarms in with punches. Stallings tries to roll out the back, gets in guard, Hall standing. Stallings has a chance to recover, Hall lets the fight get stood up. Stallings is busted open, Herb Dean calls for time to check the cut. The doctor is saying it’s too deep, and the fight is waved off despite Stalling’s protests.

Uriah Hall defeated Ron Stallings by TKO (doctor’s stoppage), Round 1, 3:37

Norman Parke vs. Gleison Tibau

Round 1 and Parke is displaying some flashy kicks including a spinning back kick, but will need to be wary of the veteran Tibau.  The two fighters begin feeling one another out, and Tibau considers a spinning move of his own but backs off. Parke connects with a side kick, Tibau however is setting up some solid punches. The disparity between Parke’s wild throws and Tibau’s more technical, accurate strikes is clear. The two continue to exchange. Looks like some incidental contact, maybe an eye poke, the fighters work through it, no stoppage. Parke tries for a takedown to no avail. Close round.

Round 2, Tibau swarms early, putting Parke on his heels. Things settle down about thirty seconds in. Fairly even round so far. Tibau showing great takedown defence — and secures a takedown of his own, first of the fight. Parke is 0-2. Parke back up, Tibau takes him back down, 2 for 2. Parke quickly up again however, but these may come to be the deciding factor on scorecards given there hasn’t been a clear favourite in the round otherwise.

Round 3, Tibau’s corner has encouraged him to look for the double leg between rounds. Parke shoots in against the cage, Tibau defends and they break. High kick by Parke. Both fighters still look fairly fresh. Parke lands a left that doesn’t seem to inflict much damage. They clinch by the fence again, Tibau with the wizard to defend, Parke is completely stymied on that front in the fight. Back in the center of the octagon, more standing and trading, but nothing major landing. If someone gets caught the outcome here could change instantly. Tibau on Parke’s back with twenty seconds to go, looks like we’re headed for a decision. All bets are off after the judging in the last fight.

Gleison Tibau defeated Norman Parke by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Preliminary Card Summary

Cathal Pendred vs. Sean Spencer

Big cheers for Pendred. They come out swinging to start Round 1, and clinch up against the fence with the Irish fighter in control. Here come the Ole chants again. Pendred scores the takedown and works the body. Spencer makes it back up with Pendred still in control along the fence. As they break, Spencer lands a glancing kick. A few moments later he tags and drops Pendred. Pendred is wobbled and in trouble. Saves himself by tying Spencer up against the fence. That was very close to being a finish. Can Pendred fully recover? Now Pendred tags Spencer, but Spencer doesn’t look to be in nearly as much danger as Pendred was after the big right hands by Spencer. Spencer works the jab, Pendred secures another takedown but Spencer is right back up.

Round 2, Pendred tries for a big uppercut, shades of Paddy Holohan earlier in the night. Pendred keeps his hands up early but is slowly dropping them. Spencer has a little more spring in his step. Spencer is throwing some nice combos now, even if not everything is landing.  Pendred countering with looping hooks, overhands, and leg kicks. The kicks are a little more effective. Spencer catches him with another right with just over a minute to go in the round, and Pendred moves for the takedown, securing it after a few more seconds tick off. Pendred needs to do something big to salvage the round. Locks in a Kimura with head-scissors secured as well, but Spencer escapes just prior to the round’s end.

Round 3, Pendred needs to look for the finish. How much is left in the tank? Pendred is looking to land that uppercut again. Nothing doing. Pendred looks for the takedown and Spencer easily defends. Spencer’s confidence seems to have grown, he’s looking very focused. Pendred tries a flying knee that seemed more of a desperation move. Spencer still hunting with those right hands. With 90 seconds to go the urgency is hitting Pendred. Pushes Spencer up against the cage, but isn’t able to set up a takedown. Tries a spinning kick, badly telegraphed. Finally takes Spencer down, but can’t keep him there — with under 30 seconds to go Spencer is up.  Another telegraphed uppercut. The bell rings, and Spencer has rained on the Irish parade in Boston. Or not. In a total robbery, Cathal Pendred takes a unanimous decision.

Cathal Pendred defeated Sean Spencer by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

John Howard vs. Lorenz Larkin

Round 1, great expectations for this fight. Larkin opens with a leg kick, Howard answers with a better one. Larkin throws a body kick caught by Howard. Howard pushes Larkin up against the fence. The difference between the clinch work there and in the last fight was night and day. Back to the middle of the octagon. More solid leg kicks by both fighters. Larkin catches him! Vicious punch. Howard goes down hard, Herb Dean lets it continue; Howard looked out. Doomsday clings to the leg and tries to stand up along the fence but eats numerous shots and Dean finally waves it off.

Lorenz Larkin defeated John Howard by TKO, Round 1, 2:17

Zhang Lipeng vs. Chris Wade

Round 1 sees an immediate break in the action after an unintentional low blow by Lipeng. After a brief pause the action stars again and Wade throws a nice high kick. Wade next has Lipeng pinned up against the fence and pulls off a great toss to take the Chinese fighter down. Later in the round, another low blow and short stoppage. The ref urges the fighters to keep things clean. A lot of work against the cage, not a lot of action, and the crowd has been somewhat silenced.

Round 2 has more clinch work up against the cage. Not a lot happening, though Joe Rogan is doing his best to sell how exhausting it is. He’s not wrong, but it’s still nothing to write home about. Fans are getting restless. Another low blow by Lipeng. This time a point is deducted. With how little action there has been that point could be huge. Wade scores a takedown with under two minutes left and throws some short elbows. Again, not a lot happening, and the round ends there.

Round 3 has Lipeng needing a finish. More work up against the fence. Lipeng has no answer for Wade’s top control. When mercifully it ends, all three judges score it a 30-26 (yet Paddy Holohan can’t pull a 30-26 from a single judge?).

Chris Wade defeated Zhang Lipeng by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

Patrick Holohan vs. Shane Howell

Holohan getting huge cheers in Boston. Holohan cutting off the cage, then grabs the takedown a minute in. He might as well be fighting in Ireland as the Ole chants break out. Holohan takes the back, looking for a choke, can’t sink in both hooks. Now they’re in, and Holohan still has half the round to work. How often do you hear a coach yell “perfect!” to a fighter during a fight. Rear naked is locked in. Howell may go out. Trying to roll out Howell actually managed to get into worse trouble. If nothing else, Howell is a survivor. Holohan flattens him out. Lands hard punches. This could be a 10-8 round, if judges would remember they exist. With fifteen seconds left Howell manages to change positions but it’s too little, too late.

Round 2, and Howell would no doubt like to erase all memory of the first. Holohan connects with a left, then looks for an uppercut up the middle. Works the body. Fakes a knee.  Gets the takedown. Howell does not want to be on the ground most of the round again, but he can’t risk making a mistake. John Kavanagh yells “beautiful Paddy, beautiful” to his fighter.  Howell isn’t in immediate danger but has no answer off his back for the Irish fighter. More Ole chants. Fantastic transitions by Holohan.

Round 3, and it’s all or nothing for Howell. He may want to consider throwing the kitchen sink at Holohan, but there are no kitchen fixtures in sight. Paddy is backing off a little this round. Still controlling. Howell really has no answer. Sinks in a rear-naked choke, arm not fully under the chin but can he put enough pressure on it? Howell gets his head free, but Holohan is still on his back. Paddy flattens him out. Tries for a choke but the round ends. Credit to Howell for not tapping out, but this was all Paddy Holohan.

Patrick Holohan defeated Shane Howell by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Johnny Case vs. Frankie Perez

Round 1 of this lightweight bout between Johnny Case and Frankie Perez begins with some kicks from both fighters, Perez going up high.  Perez then scores a takedown around a minute in. Soon enough Case is on top. Just enough being done to prevent this from being stood up with 90 seconds left in the round. Perez manages to roll out but is right back on the ground. Standing shots by Case to the downed Perez. Case fails to engage enough and the ref restarts the action. The round ends with Case clearly having won it.

Round 2 and Case still looks the sharper of the two early. Good movement on his part. His accuracy and timing seem on. Perez misses with a spinning back kick. Things quickly go south for Case as Perez locks in a heel hook. Case punches his way out, and soon has control. Case with elbows to the body. Good ground and pound in both rounds from Case so far in this fight. Perez shoots for a takedown but winds up on the bottom, and again is at the mercy of Case’s ground and pound.

Round 3 is the Case show again. Changing levels, throwing kicks, backing his opponent up. Case moves for a takedown, Perez counters with a choke. Case comes out on top. Case has really gotten better and better each round. Takes the back, unleashes more ground and pound and that’s it — the ref comes in and rescues Perez. Case by TKO.

Johnny Case defeated Frankie Perez by TKO, Round 3, 1:54

Charles Rosa vs. Sean Soriano

Round 1 of the first Fox Sports 1 prelim fight sees an exchange of kicks early. Rosa soon finds himself caught in a triangle as Soriano displays he’s adept on the ground. After finally escaping, they return to the feet, where Soriano plays the counter game. Rosa connects on a couple of strikes but Soriano answers with a big knee. Rosa’s aggression may be working against him. The round ends with Soriano likely taking it on most scorecards.

Round 2 opens with Rosa limping from some Soriano kicks. Soriano begins to target the injury, then scores a takedown. Rosa works for a toe-hold to no avail, then switches to an arm-bar that is a little more threatening. In escaping Soriano gives up side control, but they’re soon up, then down again with Rosa on top once more. The round ends with Rosa working for a submission (Peruvian necktie), but Soriano is saved by the bell.

Round 3, and Rosa comes out strong, but Soriano continues to work on leg kicks and connects with Rosa’s head as well. Soriano tries for a knee then falls back to the ground with Rosa on top. Soriano is looking tired, gives up side control, then his back. Soriano gets up but Rosa subsequently locks in an arm bar. Soriano picks him up and drops him to get out, but again he gives up position. Rosa has the back once more. This is quickly becoming Soriano just trying to survive. That said he connects with a high punch then goes to the body. Rosa works for a takedown then works for a guillotine. Then looking for a D’Arce or Neck Crank. The ref suddenly waves off the fight, and there seems to be some confusion as to whether the fighter went out or tapped. The ref signals that there was a tap. The replay shows a single tap, Soriano is not exactly protesting though he initially seemed confused.

Charles Rosa defeated Sean Soriano via submission (D’Arce Choke), Round 3, 4:43

Sean O’Connell vs. Matt Van Buren

Round 1, the fighters come out swinging. Van Buren gets the better of the exchange. Lands a knee to the body moments later.  Van Buren is switching stances and has a massive height and reach advantage. Van Buren is fighting with his hands low; tags O’Connell when he catches the fighter off-guard. Van Buren is landing multiple knees and taking full advantage of his reach advantage.

Round 2, will it be as one-sided as the first? O’Connell seemed to be limping between rounds. It certainly seems the same. More knees, O’Connell just can’t make anything happen. And then he does just that, catching Van Buren with a right over the top of the shoulder. That may wake Van Buren up. O’Connell hits him again with a left. Van Buren suddenly looks as tired as O’Connell. The round ends with both fighters looking wobbly.

Round 3 will prove who wants it more. O’Connell definitely has a chin. More strong knees up the middle by Van Buren. O’Connell tags him with a big left , then tags him again! Eats a knee, tags him again and goes to work up against the fence. Van Buren back-pedals but can’t escape. O’Connell hones in, lands more shots as Van Buren is doubled over and tries to stand back up, and the ref has seen enough, waving off the fight!

Sean O’Connell defeated Matt Van Buren by TKO, Round 3, 2:11

Tateki Matsuda vs. Joby Sanchez

Japan’s Tateki Matsuda takes on Joby Sanchez to open the Fight Pass portion of Fight Night 59. Both fighters lost their UFC debuts in 2014, with both fights being on short notice.

Round 1 — Matsuda tags and wobbles his opponent within the first thirty seconds. Sanchez recovers, but after another half minute, Matsuda tags him again. Matsuda is controlling the octagon well, using a low stance and moving forward. Sanchez connects with a body kick just past the third minute then drops Matsuda with a huge right hand that gets the crowd roaring. Sanchez mounts, giving Matsuda a chance to recover. Solid round for both fighters, as Matsuda was more consistent but Sanchez had the big knockdown.

Round 2 sees Matsuda connecting again early, only to be taken down by Sanchez. However, he’s quickly back to his feet. Sanchez throws a nasty looking uppercut that doesn’t connect (or at least not clean). Matsuda continues to push forward, Sanchez keeps looking to land the uppercut. The round ends with both fighters swinging.

Round 3, and it’s anyone’s fight. Matsuda apparently injured his ankle in the second and has been advised by his coach not to kick with it. Matsuda clips Sanchez again and either slips or has his ankle buckle. Sanchez is getting caught more, but still looks dangerous. Catches and wobbles Matsuda. Matsuda is hurt. Caught again. Sanchez pushes him down. Metro PCS can use that as their move of the fight. Sanchez has the back and is looking for the choke. Somehow Matsuda makes it back to his feet, but he may need to start looking for a finish. Sanchez scores another takedown, but they go the distance.

Joby Sanchez defeated Tateki Matsuda by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

FULL RESULTS
Conor McGregor defeated Dennis Siver by TKO, Round 2, 1:54
Donald Cerrone defeated Benson Henderson by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Uriah Hall  defeated Ron Stallings by TKO (doctor’s stoppage), Round 1, 3:37
Gleison Tibau defeated Norman Parke by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Cathal Pendred defeated Sean Spencer Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Lorenz Larkin defeated John Howard by TKO, Round 1, 2:17
Chris Wade defeated Zhang Lipeng by Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Patrick Holohan defeated Shane Howell by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Johnny Case defeated Frankie Perez by TKO, Round 3, 1:54
Charles Rosa defeated Sean Soriano by submission (D’Arce Choke), Round 3, 4:43
Sean O’Connell defeated Matt Van Buren by TKO, Round 3, 2:11
Joby Sanchez defeated Tateki Matsuda by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)