The Conor McGregor show has arrived ladies and gents!
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to Boston, Mass., for the Irish-themed UFC Fight Night 59: "McGregor vs Siver" card airing live on Fox Sports 1 tonight from TD Garden.
Catch all the action LIVE from the TD Garden with a FOX Sports 1-televised main card start time of 10 p.m. ET (for up-to-date UFC Fight Night 59 results click here).
Below is everything you need to know to stay on top of UFC's first "Fight Night" of 2015.
Who: Conor McGregor vs
What: UFC Fight Night 59
When: Sun., Jan. 18, 2015, beginning at 8 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1
Where: TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts
How To Watch: Main card at 10 p.m ET on FOX Sports 1; FOX Sports 1 "Prelims" under card at 7 p.m ET; and UFC Fight Pass early "Prelims" at 6 p.m. ET.
Live UFC Fight Night 59 results: Play-by-play coverage stream right here
Why It Matters: UFC Fight Night 59 could be a huge turning point for the promotion early on in 2015. Following a 2014 plagued by injuries and lack of big-name stars, UFC brass has put all their eggs in a basket with featherweight phenom Conor McGregor. If "The Notorious" one picks up a victory over Dennis Siver tonight, the promotion will have a bonafide star on its hands. The icing on the cake? A potentially massive pay-per-view title fight against UFC championin Croke Park, Ireland, this summer.
What's Hot: While fans are undoubtedly excited about the spectacle in the evening's main event, the real action lies within the co-main event trilogy bout betweenand Benson Henderson. With only about 10 days to let this bout simmer in our collective minds, fight fans can look forward to an absolute barn-burner between two of the division's very best fighters. Can "Cowboy" win his seventh straight UFC bout, and his second in a span of two weeks? Or will "Smooth" reclaim his former lightweight dominance en route to another title run?
What's Not: While there is a ton of hoopla surrounding the main and co-main event of UFC Fight Night 59, there is not much name value past those two fights. We unfortunately lostvs Costa Philippou, and instead we are forced to witness Hall maul Ron Stallings on less than one weeks' notice. Simply put, this is not the strongest card we have seen from and .
--(vs. ): Perez is 9-1 in his MMA career, earning one (technical) knockout victory amongst five submission victories. Perez is a Ring of Combat veteran, and most recently defeated at World Series of Fighting 13.
-- Ron Stallings (vs. Uriah Hall): Stallings is 12-6 in his MMA career, boasting six (technical) knockout victories as well as six submission victories. Stallings is a Strikeforce veteran, losing toback in 2011. Stallings does have a victory over UFC veteran .
Original Card vs Actual Card:
This card was absolutely marred by injuries, but overall, UFC matchmakers did a solid job of saving a few key fights for this evening.
Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson was set to take on former Bellator lightweight champion When Alvarez was forced out of the bout, Donald Cerrone accepted the fight,even though he competed only days prior at .in the evening's co-main event.
Johnny Case was expected to face off against Paul Felder on the "Prelims", but Felder was moved back to UFC 182, knocking out Danny Castillo in the process. Once Felder was out of the picture, was slated to take on Case, but an injury to Trevino forced UFC matchmakers to sign UFC debutant Frankie Perez.
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Smashes winnerwas set to take on to on the main card, but an injury to Masvidal gave the opportunity on short notice.
Uriah Hall was set to rematch Costa Philippou on the main card, but a late injury put Hall's place on the card in jeopardy. Strikeforce veteran Louis Taylor was signed for the bout, but was soon cut when he was injured as well. With just a week before the event, Ron Stallings accepted the main card bout against Hall.
How The "Prelims" Look:
Once again, the "Prelims" severely lack in name value, but opportunities to watch rising prospects, , Johnny Case and more than make up for it.
If you care more about "name" fighters, do not fret for UFC brass has scheduled an enticing welterweight collision between the powerfuland savvy striker Lorenz Larkin.
The main event of the "Prelims" is intriguing as well, pitting Sean Spencer against the Irishman. With "Black Magic" ever-improving, it will be interesting to see him try and break Pendred's seemingly indomitable heart and will.
Who Needs a Win Badly: This portion is reserved for fighters who could be fighting for their jobs tonight, rather than contenders or title challengers needing victory. Let's take a look at those who need to pull it together:
-- Lorenz Larkin (vs. John Howard):career fall has been unbelievably drastic. Prior to making his Octagon debut, Larking closed out his Strikeforce career by defeating current UFC champion via unanimous decision. A little over two years later and Larkin has lost three straight inside the Octagon, and will be cut if he loses to John Howard tonight.
-- John Howard (vs. Lorenz Larkin): UFC matchmakers have a penchant for pitting two fighters on losing streaks against one another in order to trim the fat of UFC's roster. With Howard dropping two straight decisions, a loss to the slumping Larkin tonight would likely mean the end of "Doomsday's" second stint with the promotion.
--(vs. Charles Rosa): Sean Soriano came into UFC a perfect 8-0, and has unfortunately dropped two straight to begin his UFC career. If Soriano can not rebound tonight, it will likely spell the end of his dismal UFC run.
-- Sean O'Connell (vs.): If Sean O'Connell can not defeat Matt Van Buren tonight, he will have lost three straight inside the Octagon. Expect a pink slip Monday morning if the light heavyweight does not impress tonight.
Interest Level: 7/10
The main and co-main event really carry this card to a strong 7/10 in my book. In MMA, you rarely are treated to such an excellent fight as Benson Henderson vs Donald Cerrone, let alone three times! I am expecting an all-out war tonight, so hopefully it delivers everything we want to see.
The storylines for this card are enthralling as McGregor's meteoric rise to stardom has been something to behold. Just imagine the promotion behind a McGregor vs Aldo title fight. Wow.
Other than the Irishman, there is a ton of talent on the "Prelims" that could blossom into stars if they dare to take just a smidgen of what McGregor has done with the mic over the last 20 or so months. Even if they opt to be bashful, some of these kids really have what it takes to become legit contenders over the next few years.
This card should be a lot of fun, so enjoy the fights!
Check out the full UFC Fight Night 59: "McGregor vs Siver" fight card below:
145 lbs.: Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver
FOX Sports 1 Main Card (10 p.m. ET):
155 lbs.:vs. Donald Cerrone
185 lbs.: Uriah Hall vs. Ron Stallings
155 lbs.: Gleison Tibau vs. Norman Parke
FOX Sports 1 Prelims (7 p.m. ET):
UFC Fight Pass Prelims (6 p.m. ET):
205 lbs.: Sean O'Connell vs. Matt Van Buren
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 59 card TONIGHT, starting with the Fight Pass "Prelims" matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, and then the remaining under card balance on FOX Sports 1 at 7 p.m. ET before the FOX Sports 1 main card begins at 10 p.m. ET.
See you then!