Thursday, December 25, 2014

All Aboard the Hype Train! McGregor vs Siver/UFC Fight Night 59 Card/LineUp announced

 "Event: UFC Fight Night 59: "McGregor vs. Siver"
Date: Sun., Jan. 18, 2015 on FOX Sports 1
Location: TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts
Main Event:
145 lbs.: Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver
FOX Sports 1 Main Card (10 p.m. ET):
155 lbs.: Ben Henderson vs. Eddie Alvarez
185 lbs.: Uriah Hall vs. Costas Philippou
155 lbs.: Gleison Tibau vs. Norman Parke
FOX Sports 1 Prelims (7 p.m. ET):
170 lbs.: Cathal Pendred vs. Sean Spencer
170 lbs.: John Howard vs. Lorenz Larkin
170 lbs.: Zhang Lipeng vs. Chris Wade
125 lbs.: Patrick Holohan vs. Shane Howell
155 lbs.: Johnny Case vs. Frankie Perez
145 lbs.: Charles Rosa vs. Sean Soriano
UFC Fight Pass Prelims (6 p.m. ET):
205 lbs.: Sean O'Connell vs. Matt Van Buren
125 lbs.: Tateki Matsuda vs. Joby Sanchez"

 Some early thoughts of mine on the card/lineup:
1) McGregor has another durable fighter designed for a crowd pleasing stand-up fest.

2) The addition of Henderson vs Alvarez gives the card some serious punch for a free/cable TV event. 

3) The 2 other undercard fights aren't bad at all for a free TV/cable event. The prelims, however, are of virtually no note whatsoever. I mean, Costas Phillippou won't ever fight for a title, but he'll keep it on the fight for awhile against Urijah Hall who may or may not get a nice highlight reel KO. Tibau will out-size Norman Parke and press the UK fighter against the cage and drag him down for at least 2 if not 3 out of 3 rounds. I'm curious as to what the odds makers will book these fights.
Henderson as been inconsistent as of late dropping losses by TKO/Armbar, but also decision-besting the likes of Josh Thomson and finishing Rustam Khabilov. I don't see Alvarez having the chops to stop Henderson but who knows, Bendo had also never been finished via strikes until Rafal Dos Anjos came calling.

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