UFC Fight Night 59 emanates live on January 18, 2015, from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Last Word on Sports’ MMA Department bring you their fight picks and analysis for the night’s main card.
“The Notorious” Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver
James Carlucci, Michael Hutchinson, Trent Dozier, Todd Parkinson: McGregor
“If I am looking at this fight from a personal perspective, I would love to see Dennis Siver derail the Conor McGregor hype train, just because I like when the UFC’s plans fail. In saying that, anyone who says that Siver will win the fight is just not thinking straight. McGregor is tailor-made to beat a fighter like Siver, and if you’re a betting man, I would put up a prop-bet for McGregor winning this fight in under 2 minutes.” – Hutchinson
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone vs. Benson “Smooth” Henderson
Carlucci, Hutchinson: Henderson
“Henderson and Cerrone have met twice before, with Henderson winning the first bout in a thrilling five-round contest, and the rematch with a first-round guillotine. Both men are excellent grapplers, as evidenced by their 24 combined submission victories. The two biggest advantages in this fight will be the wrestling of Henderson and the striking of Cerrone. Henderson will be able to take Cerrone down, but the jiu-jitsu is so even that it might not matter. On the feet, however, Cerrone is clearly the better striker, and for that reason, I’m picking him to win. I expect this fight will resemble the first one – a long, drawn-out battle – more than the rematch; either way, it’s the favorite to win Fight of the Night.” – Dozier
Uriah “Primetime” Hall vs. Ron “The Choir Boy” Stallings
Carlucci, Hutchinson, Dozier, Parkinson: Hall
“This is a very unpredictable fight. Stallings has quite a few finishes and has a first round KO victory over former UFC fighter Mike Massenzio. Hall has proven that he is lightning quick and very dangerous wherever the fight goes; he can take out a fighter in the blink of an eye. However, Hall is known to be gun-shy when he is friendly with fighters and sometimes lacks the killer instinct that he displayed on The Ultimate Fighter. I feel that the dangerous Hall will show up in Boston and knock out Stallings, who will be simply outclassed.” – Parkinson
“Stormin'” Norman Parke vs. Gleison Tibau
Carlucci, Parkinson: Parke
Hutchinson, Dozier: Tibau
“A stalwart of the lightweight division, Gleison Tibau has amassed 16 wins in the UFC since getting the nod over Jason Dent at UFC 68 back in 2007. While impressive as a model of consistency, the Brazilian has never approached the cusp of the title picture. Parke, who is 10-0-1 (1-0 UFC) since 2010, is hoping his career reaches a higher peak then that of his opponent’s. Though only three years younger than Tibau, Parke is disproportionately less battle-worn, having had only half the amount of fights as his opponent. I expect Parke to continue his trek up the lightweight rankings, collecting a commendable veteran scalp in the process.” – Carlucci
Under the Radar Fight:
Carlucci: Patrick Holohan vs. “Insane” Shane Howell
Hutchinson: John “Doomsday” Howard vs. Lorenz “The Monsoon” Larkin
Dozier: Charles “The Boston Strangler” Rosa vs. Sean Soriano
Parkinson: Cathal “The Punisher” Pendred vs. Sean “Black Magic” Spencer
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