Virtually no one, including Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), gave Dennis Siver much of a chance to derail Conor McGregor's runaway hype train ahead of their UFC Fight Night 59 main event match tonight (Sun., Jan. 18, 2015) inside TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
After weeks of shameless promotion, we finally have the predictable outcome.
McGregor came out firing kicks as Siver bobbed and looked to weather the insane energy. He missed with a flying kick and Siver made him pay with a left hook to the nose. He landed a flying knee to Siver's face, but he somehow countered with another left hand.
McGregor landed a straight left at will, blooding the German's left eye. Siver landed a nice leg kick, one that dropped McGregor briefly. The Irishman continued his assault, landing kicks and punches that most likely would have finished someone with less of a chin.
The round ended with Siver a bloody mess and McGregor working him over along the cage .... saved by the bell.
Looking to build off the momentum, McGregor was visibly eager to finish the fight sooner than later. Siver, though, backed him off with two solid kicks to the body. McGregor eventually cornered him thanks to two straight left hands. Siver circled away, but was soon dropped and McGregor secured full mount up against the cage.
Referee Herb Dean advised Siver to fight back, and when he didn't, had no choice but to stop the fight. Immediately after the call, McGregor literally jumped out of the cage to confront division champion, Jose Aldo, in the stands (watch it here). It's a big money match, one that UFC will likely promote three times as hard after what just happened.
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