Conor McGregor could have sat on the sidelines awaiting a title shot, but he’s not. He’s once again shipping up to Boston to headline a special Sunday night edition of UFC Fight Night.
UFC officials on Friday revealed that McGregor would headline a Jan. 18 event at the TD Garden, risking his title shot in a five-round non-title bout against Dennis Siver.
He’s currently on a 12-fight winning streak, including his first four UFC bouts. He’s defeated several of the featherweight division’s top fighters: Marcus Brimage, Max Holloway, Diego Brandão, and Dustin Poirier. The brash Irishman has also gotten under the skin of nearly everyone else with his gift for gab.
In fact, even before this fight was announced, McGregor was already taking over the scene in Brazil, where Jose Aldo will put his featherweight championship on the line against Chad Mendes on Saturday.
Siver (22-9, 1 NC), on the other hand, has a much more extensive tenure in the UFC. Siver has been competing at a high level in the Octagon since 2007, amassing a record of 11-6 with 1 no contest. He may not be as splashy as McGregor, but his experience advantage, coupled with his spinning back kick and powerful punches, could provide the most difficult test to date for McGregor.