There’s been a ton of hype lately about Conor McGregor getting a title shot, thanks to the latter’s gift for trash talk and Dana White saying he’s earned one, but “Notorious” is going to have to get through Dennis Siver first.
The UFC has announced that the featherweights will battle January 18th in Boston, Massachusetts. Their scrap will headline UFC Fight Night 59, which will go down at the city’s TD Garden.
While it’s a bout that maybe wasn’t on a lot of people’s radars, since Siver is ranked #10 and McGregor is positioned at #5, the two have had some words recently. Following a recent soccer game between Ireland and Germany, the two relayed the following to each other on Twitter:
Someone grab that World Cup quick. @DennisSiver we whooped you pussies on home soil. Like Id whoop you on any soil you little German midget.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 14, 2014
— Dennis Siver (@DennisSiver) October 15, 2014
Now that’s a brilliant reply no?
McGregor (16-2) is knocking on the door for a title shot having won four straight fights in the UFC. Most recently, he took out fellow contender Dustin Poirier in the first round at UFC 178 last month. The Irish star has won his last 12 fights.
Siver (22-9) worked his way to a unanimous decision win over Charles Rosa in his last scrap, which took place earlier this month at the Fight Night card in Stockholm. The German fighter has gone 3-1, with 1 no contest, in his last 5 bouts.
So, there’s no doubt that Siver versus McGregor has the potential to be a ridiculously entertaining fight, due the striking pedigrees of both men. McGregor’s critics will no doubt point out that Siver is not the high level wrestler, however, that they want to see the featherweight face.
At any rate, Siver certainly has the opportunity now to derail McGregor’s title shot run.
Of course, the featherweight champ Aldo will face Mendes tomorrow night in Rio de Janeiro. UFC 179 will be available throughout North America via pay-per-view.