It’s fight night in Boston tonight, as the UFC visits the TD Arena in its second event of a busy 2015 –and it’s looking like one to remember!
In front of what is sure to be a raucous crowd, Ireland’s Conor McGregor will take on Dennis Siver in a featherweight main event. The bout may decide the next challenger to Jose Aldo’s 145 lb title.
The undercard is highlighted by a battle between two lightweight contenders, as former champion Benson Henderson looks to snap Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone’s six fight winning streak.
The main card begins at 10 pm ET, 7 pm PT, and we’ll be here for all the action — plus all the results for the preliminary bouts.
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Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Flyweights: Joby Sanchez defeated Tateki Matsuda by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Light Heavyweights: Sean O’Connell defeated Matt Van Buren by TKO (strikes) at 2:11 of round three
Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Featherweights: Charles Rosa defeated Sean Soriano by submission (D’Arce choke) at 4:43 of round two
Lightweights: Johnny Case defeated Frankie Perez by TKO (punches from mount) at 1:54 of round three
Flyweights: Paddy Holohan defeated Shane Howell by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lightweights: Chris Wade defeated Zhang Lipeng by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Welterweights: John Howard defeated Lorenz Larkin by TKO (punches) at 2:17 of round one
Welterweights: Cathal Pendred defeated Sean Spencer by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 30-27)
Main Card (Fox Sports 1)
Lightweights: Norman Parke vs. Gleison Tibau
Main card kicks off with a old vet in Brazil’s Tibau — who his tied with Randy Couture for third most Octagon appearances in history — against a young buck in Northern Ireland’s Parke, who is still unbeaten in a brief, four fight career. Parke, who boasts a judo background, is a slight underdog (+125) to American Top Team’s Tibau.
Round One: Parke, surprisingly, backs up Tibau to begin. They trade high kicks and jabs to little effect. Nice jab from Tibau, who is, as usual, noticeably bigger than his opponent. Good 1-2 from Tibau. Parke trying to open up with kicks, but seems a step behind. Tibau shrugs off a Parke takedown attempt. Tibau continues out-boxing, narrowly, to the closing horn. 10-9, Tibau.
Round Two: Parke tries a spinning kick but is stuffed, and Tibau presses him to the cage. They disengage, and Tibau hits a rare leg kick. They move in and out slowly, and Parke looks confused. Parke eats a 1-2. Tibau looks for a takedown against the cage and finally gets it, only for Parke to immediately get back to his feet. Tibau with a clear advantage in the clinch, where he lands some particularly strong knees to the body. 10-9, Tibau.
A good summary is tweeted between rounds:
Doesn't look like Parke can win this. Tibau is just too strong inside, and too sharp outside.
— Connor Ruebusch (@BoxingBusch) January 19, 2015
Round Three: Tibau keeps with the sharp boxing. Parke, still looking fresh, finally lands a substantial straight left. Parke clinches Tibau against the cage several times, but the Brazilian is just too strong. Halfway through the round and the crowd is boo’ing the deliberate pace. Parke picks it up a little and lands a few good jab-jab-cross combo’s. But it’s still Tibau’s round. 10-9, Tibau, but it’s close.
Gleison Tibau defeated Norman Parke by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Middleweights: Uriah Hall vs. Ron Stallings
Jamaican-American “Primetime” Hall is a TUF 17 finalist who has won two straight, including old favorite Chris Leben. Stallings is a late replacement making his Octagon debut and is, predictably, one of the night’s biggest underdogs at +525.
Round One: Hall opens with a flying kick. Good body kick from Stallings. Hall with a glancing spin hook kick. Hall keeping his hands down, bouncing around the Octagon. Stallings with a right hand. Hall with a right that floors Stallings. Hall follows up with punches on the mat. Stallings back up, but the ref stops to look at the cut… and the doctor stops it.
Uriah Hall defeats Ron Stallings by TKO (punches) at 3:37 of round one.
Hall calls the US the greatest country in the world and says we can do better than the Ferguson and NY violence, which is very nice. He also chides Costa Philippou for “punking out” of their bout, which isn’t so nice… meanwhile:
Win some u lose some.. I'm very humble in defeat! Well done @GleisonTibauMMA thank you for the opportunity to fight.
— STORMIN NORMAN PARKE (@norman_parke) January 19, 2015
Lightweights: Donald Cerrone vs. Benson Henderson
Cerrone is on an impressive six fight winning streak, but is a +115 underdog taking the fight on only twelve days notice to the former champ Henderson. The two met twice before in their WEC days, with Henderson winning both times.
Round One: Nice jab for Cerrone to begin. Cerrone taking the center Octagon as Henderson moves laterally. Leg kick by Henderson. Nice right from Henderson. Leg kick from Cerrone. Body kick from Henderson, who doesn’t seem to be looking for a takedown. Left hook from Cerrone. No takedowns from Bendo even though he had penetrated inside. Action is close but Cerrone with a slight advantage in round one. 10-9, Cerrone.
Press row is divided:
Both men standing and trading, Benson now delivering more leg kicks. I give that round to Henderson 10-9.
— Heidi Fang (@HeidiFang) January 19, 2015
Pretty damn close to a 10-10 round there, and I hate scoring 10-10s.
— Dave Doyle (@davedoylemma) January 19, 2015
Round Two: Henderson gaining confidence in a front leg side kick to the leg. Cerrone slowly advancing, swinging to little effect, and getting hit with the occasional hand combo. Henderson with a heavy body kick and a leg kick. Cerrone glances with a left hook. Good 3-2 and a leg kick from Cerrone. Hand combo from Henderson, but Cerrone with a takedown. Henderson scrambles to his feet. Leg kick, and a jab to the leg from Henderson. Cerrone glances a high kick but he’s been out-landed here. 10-9, Henderson.
This fight is super close. I've got it 19-19 but could really be either way.
— Jeremy Botter (@jeremybotter) January 19, 2015
Round Three: Nice leg kicks from Cerrone. 1-2 from Cerrone. Jab and side kick to the legs from Henderson. High kick from Henderson lands hard. Cerrone is stuffed looking for the takedown. Straight left from Henderson. Cerrone with a takedown, but Henderson right back up. Henderson’s body kicks are making the difference here in this round, but it’s close. Henderson tries a flying knee. They keep a slow pace to the final horn. 10-9, Henderson.
Donald Cerrone defeats Benson Henderson by split decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Don't get me wrong- I really like Cowboy. But Benson won that fight. Maybe not by a landslide, but he won. #UFCBoston
— Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) January 19, 2015
Henderson getting emotional. It's understandable. I really disagree with that scorecard.
— Connor Ruebusch (@BoxingBusch) January 19, 2015
Featherweights: Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver
McGregor as much as a 14-to-one favorite here, marching to the cage to the tune of Irish republican anthem “Foggy Dew” and then Notorious BIG’s “Hypnotize” — crowd going absolutely nuts.
Round One: McGregor showing the spin hook kick. Both hit leg kicks. McGregor stalking. Siver with an oblique kick. Straight left from McGregor. Jab from Siver. Good high kick, than a straight left from McGregor. Straight left knocks Siver’s mouthpiece out, who is on the retreat now. Ref Herb Dean retrieves and gets it back to Siver at a short lull. Good punching combo’s including a right hook to the body against the cage from McGregor. Siver bloodied and staggered here. 10-9, McGregor.
Round Two: McGregor with hard straight lefts and high kicks galore. Siver staggered to the cage and down. McGregor takes mount and it’s just a matter of time… punches rain down and the fight is stopped!
Conor McGregor defeats Dennis Siver by TKO (punches from mount) at 1:54 of round two
A face off between McGregor and Aldo begins but they’re quickly pulled apart. Or rather, McGregor is pulled away as Aldo smiles and laughs. We have our next scheduled title defense and that wraps up the show! Thanks for joining us!