Ireland’s colorful featherweight contender Conor McGregor has gained a lot of attention in recent months, and not just for his victories inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship cage.
McGregor enjoyed some of the most memorable moments of UFC’s “The Time is Now” press event two weeks ago, all but calling a lightweight championship reign a foregone conclusion. When asked about another important featherweight contender bout, between Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson, McGregor taunted both in his typical style: describing Edgar as “aging,” and Swanson as “looking about 95 years old.”
McGregor has amassed a 16-2 MMA record and remains undefeated in the UFC after four Octagon appearances.
So it’s natural that McGregor’s upcoming bout with Dennis Siver, scheduled for January 18 in Boston, is highly anticipated. Siver is 23-9 in MMA and has enjoyed a solid five year stint in the UFC.
Still, it was surprising to see today that 5Dimes Sportsbook & Casino currently has McGregor a -1000, or ten to one favorite, to win. Other sites, as listed at BestFightOdds.com, are a bit more charitable to Siver — but still have the Irishman a prohibitive favorite.
McGregor is a captivating performer, showing striking angles and quick combinations at a quality which are rare in MMA. Many of us find it surprising that anyone short of UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo is that much a favorite over Siver, however.
Is McGregor looking past Siver? Is the UFC itself looking past him? Promotional video for the event featured almost exclusively McGregor footage, and little of Siver.
It seems for the past five years Siver has been a noteworthy competitor for the promotion, if not a star.
It also seems betting sites see the bout as McGregor being the only party worth noting here — and McGregor’s star power is speaking louder than his achievements.