“We didn’t come here to take part,” Conor McGregor has famously said of the “Irish Invasion” he is leading into the Ultimate Fighting Championship. “We came to take over!”
Tonight, McGregor backed up his tough talk, earning a dominant two round technical knockout of Dennis Siver in the main event of UFC Fight Night in Boston. In addition, the Dublin, Ireland native, now 5-0 in the UFC and 17-2 overall in his MMA career, earned his chance to “take over” — as it was announced he will indeed face UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo in his next bout.
McGregor carved out victory with his typically potent and unorthodox standing attack, landing straight left hands from a southpaw stance virtually at will and scoring a variety of kicks. In the second stanza, Siver crumbled to the mat, where McGregor quickly took the mount position to rain down punches. Referee Herb Dean called a halt to the action at 1:54 of the round.
The victory was McGregor’s thirteenth straight. Siver,of Mannheim, Germany, falls to 22-10-1 with the loss.
McGregor rushed to confront the champion Aldo after the bout was stopped. The Brazilian Aldo just smiled calmly as the Irishman gesticulated wildly, and would later dismiss McGregor as “a court jester; I laugh when I see him.”
Earlier in the evening, a bout of lightweight contenders ended in a controversial decision, as former UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson lost to Donald Cerrone.
The two exchanged strikes throughout the fight’s three rounds, with little to separate them — but Henderson’s leg kicks seemed the most consistent strike to land.
Michael Carroll, the research analyst for FightMetric, offered the following information via Twitter:
From earlier: Benson Henderson set a new UFC three-round leg kick record with 53, eclipsing Thiago Alves' count of 52 at UFC on Fox 11.
— Michael Carroll (@MJCflipdascript) January 19, 2015
Still, each judge scored the bout for Cerrone, 29-28.
Cerrone won despite losing to Henderson twice before, and also taking the bout on only twelve days notice — as Henderson’s original opponent Eddie Alvarez was forced to cancel due to injury. The loss also marks the first time in Henderson’s career he has lost twice in a row.
Henderson, of Glendale, Arizona, drops to 21-5. Cerrone, of Denver, Colorado, improves to 27-6-1 with his seventh consecutive win.
For a full play-by-play of the event, see https://www.cagedinsider.com/featured/ufc-fight-night-mcgregor-vs-siver-results-play-play/