Conor McGregor had the entire combat sports world’s attention all by himself including a few football fans celebrating a return to the Super Bowl. For those watching here in the States and Ireland, it was all about not how but when would McGregor be able to dispatch Dennis Siver. It happen in the second round with a left jab that found Siver’s face over and over. Once it dropped him Connor climbed for the finish and immediately jumped the cage for a hysterical interaction with Jose Aldo.
The UFC has struck gold with this martial artist and if he is able to take the title from Aldo we could see the first UFC fighter with true maincrossover appeal since Chuck Liddell. The rest of the night was filled with highly questionable decisions that had social media on fire in a Sunday edition of UFC Fight Night.
Conor McGregor (17-2) brought his range early to the fight and found his left jab over the eye of Dennis Siver (22-10). Once the blood started flowing, Conor became more confident that he would be able to have his way with the German. That’s when the leg kicks started pouring in and halfway through the second one more jab found its way in. This dropped Dennis and allowed McGregor to go after the finish.
It looks as if Dana has seen enough and we will see him and Aldo next it should be a good one. Conor is one of the few fighters that holds an advantage on his feet with what he is able to do with his stalking footwork and gifted attacks.
It was a beautiful display of fighting between two of the best strikers in 155 in Donald Cerrone (27-6) and Benson Henderson (21-5). The second round went more in Cerrone's favor who found his leg kicks in the middle and also hit a takedown. A late leg kick to the head surely won him the round while we felt Benson took the first.
The third round was as fantastic as the first as both guys came out firing but Benson once again got the upper hand in the striking. The judges didn't feel the same way. In unprecedented fashion, they called Donald for the win. The expression on Henderson's face was completely warranted as he clearly won two of the three rounds. Oh well, the journey of Cowboy continues on. Benson seems ready again too how bout we add these guys to the Stockholm card!
Uriah Hall (10-4) finally got an opponent in Strikeforce veteran Ron Stallings (12-6). The fight started in a surprising manner with a very comfortable Stallings avoiding the vicious speed of Hall while landing some great leg kicks to the head. Near the end of the first Uriah landed a right hook that cut and dropped Stallings. Herb Dean brought in the doctor who said the cut was too deep and stopped the fight. It was nice to see Uriah Hall call out Costas Philippou and put out a positive message after his fight.
In the opening bout, Gleison Tibau (31-10) and Norman Parke (20-3-1) mixed it up with neither really getting the better of it. Gleison Tibau did a good job of neutralizing Norman’s takedowns and landed one if his own he was clearly up 2-0 heading into the third by out working Norman. The third was pressed more by Parke but Gleason held off enough to pull off a victory. Both competitors fought a hard grappling affair and even though it won’t be a fan favorite it really was an impressive display of wrestling from Tibau.
The prelims saw wins by Lorenz Larkin, who looked great at welterweight, and the most outlandish decision in the world with the Cathal victory. Here are the full results for UFC Fight Night Boston:
Conor McGregor def. Dennis Siver via technical knockout (TKO) round 2 (1:54)
Donald Cerrone def. Ben Henderson via unanimous decision.
Uriah Hall def. Ron Stallings via TKO in Round 1 (Dr. Stoppage, cut).
Gleison Tibau def. Norman Parke via split decision (29x28, 29X28, 29x28)
Cathal Pendred def. Sean Spencer via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Lorenz Larkin def. John Howard via KO (punches) Round 1 (2:17)
Chris Wade def. Zhang Lipeng via Unanimous Decision (30-26 x3)
Patrick Holohan def. Shane Howell via Unanimous Decision (30-27x3)
Johnny Case def. Frankie Perez via TKO (ground and pound) Round 3 (1:54)
Charles Rosa def. Sean Soriano via Submission (D'arce choke) Round 3 (4:43)
Sean O'Connell def. Matt Van Buren via TKO (punches) Round 3 (2:11)
Joby Sanchez def. Tateki Matsuda via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)