UFC Fight Night: McGregor Vs Siver Preview

McGregor vs Siver preview

Will this be the year of Conor McGregor?

The UFC clearly hopes so as I’m not sure we’ve seen a Fight Night card promoted like this in quite some time. If McGregor beats Siver, he’s in line for possibly the biggest featherweight fight the UFC has ever done with Jose Aldo. Can Dennis Siver spoil the party?

Last year, we kept track of our picks for most of the UFC main card fights. Cactus Jim edged out Duan for the 2014 win. And Jim started off the year right where he left off, going 5-0 at UFC 182.

In addition to the FGB crew, included in our picks are John LaRocca, president of Premier Wrestling, Heidi Fang from MMA Fight Corner, and Alex Goff from Online World Of Wrestling.

We’ll preview the two main fights and make predictions for the rest of the main card.

Here’s how we’re doing so far:

Jim: 5-0
Alan: 5-0
John: 5-0
Duan: 4-1
GG: 3-2
Heidi: 3-2
Alex: 2-3

Norman Parke Vs Gleison Tibau

Duan: Gleison Tibau
Alan: Gleison Tibau
John: Norman Parke
Heidi: Gleison Tibau
Alex: Gleison Tibau
Jim: Gleison Tibau
GG: Norman Parke

Uriah Hall Vs Ron Stallings

Duan: Uriah Hall
Alan: Uriah Hall
John: Uriah Hall
Heidi: Uriah Hall
Alex: Uriah Hall
Jim: Uriah Hall
GG: Uriah Hall

Donald Cerrone Vs Benson Henderson

John: Benson Henderson
When I found out Eddie Alvarez was injured, my excitement for this card went away. Then I heard Donald Cerrone stepped in and my excitement came back. Henderson-Cerrone 1 is one of my all-time favorite MMA fights. It was a true classic that I highly recommend to everyone who hasn’t seen it. Do yourself a favor and watch it. In their rematch at the WEC PPV in 2010, Henderson quickly took advantage of a Cerrone mistake and locked on a guillotine choke in the first round. Things have long since change since their WEC days for both men. errone is riding a wave of success and Henderson is looking to rebound from his first round knockout loss to Rafael Do Anjos in August. Once again I am going with Benson Henderson to take this one by a decision.

Alex: Benson Henderson by decision
Donald Cerrone was my runner-up for fighter of the year last year. I think he had an incredible run and this year he started off well, defeating undefeated prospect Myles Jury. This time Donald will find himself across the cage from Benson Henderson. Normally, I would think of a detailed breakdown of the different ways each man could win, then figure the probability of each. It’s a complicated thing and I don’t want to bore you readers. I believe this fight comes down to the simple fact that Benson is a tough fight and Donald is coming back too soon. I would favor Benson under normal circumstances, but I put this as a lock since the quick turn around.

GG: Benson Henderson by decision
There’s a lot of intrigue with this one because of the injury to Eddie Alvarez. On one hand, Henderson has been preparing for one fighter and with just a couple weeks before the fight, he’s facing a new guy. But it’s a guy he knows well based on their two fights in the WEC. Cerrone goes from a fight right back into camp and then back into the octagon so quickly. I can’t imagine it’s a good thing.

The major question to me if not for the lack of time between fights to Cerrone is simply if Ben Henderson has it still. But I don’t think Cerrone is answering that question for us. With a full came, maybe he could’ve. I think Henderson is too smar

Duan: Benson Henderson
Alan: Benson Henderson
Heidi: Donald Cerrone
Jim: Benson Henderson

Conor McGregor Vs Dennis Siver

Duan: Conor McGregor by decision
Dennis Siver is a tough dude. The guy can really fight. And he’s at the stage in his career now where this is likely his last shot for a big breakout win. If he loses to McGregor, he will be a career mid-carder in UFC, so there is a a lot on the line for him here too. I’m expecting a game effort for sure, but there’s no escaping the fact that whenever he’s been in with the cream of the crop, he has always come up that bit short. Every indication so far is that McGregor is at that level, and even if he isn’t, I’m not sure Siver can bring anything we haven’t already seen the Irishman comfortably deal with in his UFC run to date. Both guys look to strike first, and I don’t think there’s anybody in the division who can throw leather with McGregor other than perhaps the champion. Siver should be able to hang in there a while. He may even hear the final bell, but he’s winning nothing.

Alan: Conor McGregor by 1st round TKO
McGregor said he’s winning in 2 minutes right?

In all seriousness though, whilst Conor’s prognostic skills have been mighty impressive and worthy of giving credence too, this is a reasonable prediction for far more sound reasons. Siver is the perfect style matchup for the Dubliner. He’s a striker with doesn’t pose a massive wrestling threat. Whilst his striking skills are top notch, he’s at a significant height and reach disadvantage (2 inches and 4 inches respectively). This is perfect for Conor. He’s a master of movement and is extremely light on his feet, so Siver will have a tough time getting inside and closing the distance.

I think Conor finds his target early and often and he ends Siver’s night early, setting up one heck of a show at Croker in May!

Heidi: Conor McGregor by 2nd round TKO
Dennis Siver may not be the wrestler everyone is clamoring for Conor McGregor to be tested against, but he does impose some threats in the ground game. Not to be overlooked are his victories in the division over Nam Phan and Charles Rosa. In those particular wins, Siver was able to stymie his opponent’s offense with takedowns and smash at will. Granted, McGregor’s much different stylistically than either of them. His striking speaks for itself and he delivers forward pressure that others haven’t been able to halt. Lastly, he’s proven he can improvise when placed in precarious situations, like in the Max Holloway scrap where he was able to impose his will and fight with a torn ACL. McGregor will work from a distance and Siver’s spinning back kicks won’t be enough to fend him off.

John: Conor McGregor
Jim: Conor McGregor
GG: Conor McGregor
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