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.

Above is video of the night’s post-fight press conference featuring Dana White and the rest of the night’s big winners. (video is courtesy of the UFC)

For a full recap from every fight click HERE.

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)

About The Author

Trey Downey
Staff Writer

A Central Florida native, Trey Downey's interest in MMA came after a trip to Blockbuster and the rental of UFC 47 on VHS. He has been blogging about the sport since 2011 and hosted a podcast called The TD Experience focusing on football and MMA (touchdowns and takedowns). Trey studied radio and television at the University of Central Florida and will soon be attending the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Trey enjoys watching sports, pro wrestling and is an avid runner.