Since the UFC announced that Conor McGregor will battle Dennis Siver this Sunday, more than a few people have accused the promotion of handing “Notorious” a soft ball fight. Well, evidently, and not surprisingly, UFC President Dana White disagrees with that notion.
McGregor and Siver will battle in the main event of this Sunday’s UFC FN 59 card in Boston. According to the betting lines, McGregor is a favorite to win in the -950 to -1200 range…Those aren’t exactly what someone would describe as “close odds”. Well, despite all that, in a recent report from MMA Junkie.com, White was quoted saying:
“Listen, I believe that anything can happen in a fight, especially with a guy that can punch like Siver can. Siver has been in a ton of big fights. He’s fought in front of his home country in Germany. That dude has been in the UFC for a very long time. He’s fought big guys at 155 pounds. In this business, the media can say whatever they want, but anything can happen in a fight, and Dennis Siver is no joke. This guy isn’t some bum that was swept in.”
While Siver has certainly scored some impressive victories during his run, and is the promotion’s #10 ranked featherweight, many fighters and fans were hoping to see McGregor face a top tier wrestler next. Now it remains to be seen if the rugged fighter can score the upset, and derail the McGregor hype train.
UFC FN 59 will be hosted by the TD Garden Arena in Boston.