Irishman Conor McGregor and German kickboxer Dennis Siver square off in tonight’s main event at UFC Fight Night 59 in Boston. Also, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone returns against former lightweight champ Benson Henderson in the co-headliner.
PMN (www.prommanow.com) will provide live results of tonight’s card, with round-by-round updates of the main card which will air live on Fox Sports 1.
Be sure to check out our UFC Fight Night 59 staff picks to see our predictions for tonight’s fights.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 59 QUICK RESULTS:
Early Prelims (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET)
- Joby Sanchez def. Tateki Matsudo by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
- Sean O’Connell def. Matt Van Buren by TKO (punches) Rd 3 (2:11)
Preliminary Card (FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET)
- Charles Rosa def. Sean Soriano by submission (D’arce choke) Rd 3 (4:43)
- Johnny Case def. Frankie Perez by TKO (punches) Rd 3 (1:54)
- Patrick Holohan def. Shane Howell by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
- Chris Wade def. Zhang Lipeng by unanimous decision (30-26 x 3)
- Lorenz Larkin def. John Howard by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (2:17)
- Cathal Pendred def. Sean Spencer by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x 2) — Worst decision maybe ever
Main Card (10 P.M. ET, FOX Sports 1)
- Gleison Tibau def. Norman Parke by split decision (29-28 x 2, 28-29)
- Uriah Hall def. Ron Stallings by TKO (Dr. stoppage do to cut) Rd 1 (3:37)
- Donald Cerrone def. Benson Henderson by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3) — Another terrible decision
- Conor McGregor def. Dennis Siver by TKO (strikes) Rd 2 (1:54)
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 59 ROUND-BY-ROUND UPDATES:
Norman Parke vs. Gleison Tibau
Round 1 – I picked Tibau on this one. But the Irishmen are having a run tonight. Touch gloves. Tibau huge as always. Parke presses him to the cage for only a second before Tibau escapes to the center. High kick from Tibau. Tibau checks a body kick attempt. Inside leg kick from Parke. Front kick. Nice left from Tibau backs Parke up. Jab from Parke. Parke shoots in, stuffed. Knee from Tibau. Right hook from Parke. Nice body kick from Parke, another. Clinch, knee exchange. Very close round.
Round 2 – Clinch. Inside leg kick from Tibau. Outside leg kick follows. Inside leg kick from Tibau. Parke just misses a big uppercut. Parke shoots, stuffed. Tibau presses him to the cage. Takedown from Tibau. Parke uses the cage against his back to get to his feet. He presses Tibau to the cage. Tibau turns him and drops levels for a takedown attempt, sticks with it and gets it. Parke right back up though, Tibau pressing him to the cage. Knees from Parke to the body. Leg kick from Tibau. Another fairly close round. Probably give it to Tibau.
Round 3 – Thai clinch and knee from Tibau after some clinch work and dancing around. Left from Parke. Parke presses him to the cage, knee to the body on the break. Body kick from Parke, as he tries turning up the pace and pressure. Tibau catches him in a front headlock for a moment, lets it go. Jabs from Parke. Tibau shoots, stuffed. Parke pressuring with punches. Nice one two. Misses a judo throw. Parke presing. Tibau with a left. Parke shoots in at the bell. Got the third round for Parke, and round two from Tibau. Not sure about the first, could go either way.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Gleison Tibau def. Norman Parke by split decision (29-28 x 2, 28-29)
Uriah Hall vs. Ron Stallings
Round 1 – Body kick from Stallings. Leg kick, nice counter punch from Hall. Leg kick Hall. Side kick from Stallings. Big inside leg kick from Stallings. Front kick from Hall. Again. Leg kick. Stallings blocks a spin kick. Left counter from Stallings. Inside leg kick. Right counter from Hall drops Stallings. Hall goes in for the kill as Stallings tries to recover. Hall lets him stand up. Time is called to check a cut over Stallings left eye. It’s a bad enough cut that the doctor stops the fight. It was a pretty bad cut, but not that bad.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Uriah Hall def. Ron Stallings by TKO (Dr. stoppage do to cut) Rd 1 (3:37)
Donald Cerrone vs. Benson Henderson
Round 1 – Bendo with the thigh punch. Left hook from Cowboy. side kick to the thigh from Bendo. Big right hook from Bendo. Front kick from Cowboy. Nice leg kick from Bendo. Thigh punch. Straight punch to the body from Cowboy. Left from Bendo. Leg kick from Cowboy. Body kick from Bendo. Nice jab. Side kicks to the thigh over and over from Bendo. Right to the body from Cerrone. More thigh kicks from Bendo. Leg kick from Cowboy. Nice body kick from Cerrone. Leg kick from Cowboy. Close.
Round 2 – More side thigh kicks from Bendo. Clinch, knee to body from Bendo. Jab, leg kick from Bendo. Nice knee to the body from Bendo. Leg kick from Bendo. Body jab. Frustrated Cerrone reaching. Counter left hook and a body kick from Bendo, then leg kick, couple side kicks to the thigh. Cerrone puts together a nice combo. Clinch, takedown from Cowboy. On top in half guard. Leg kick from Bendo. Body kick. Flying knee to the body from Bendo. Head kick returned from Cowboy. Big calf kick from Bendo. PMN scores the round 10-9 Bendo.
Round 3 – Side kicks to the thigh from Bendo. Leg kick Cerrone. They trade low kicks. Body kick Bendo, left hook counter from Cowboy. High kick from Bendo stuns Cerrone. Step in knee to the body from Bendo. Body shot from Bendo, just misses a high kick. Cowboy takes him down but Bendo is right back up. Knee to the body from Bendo. Clinch, knee from Cowboy. Leg kick Bendo. Cowboy with leg kick. Jumping knee to the body from Bendo. Both guys would like to finish and are trading big kicks. Cowboy goes for it but bell sounds. PMN scores the round 10-9 Bendo and the fight at least 2 rounds for Bendo.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Donald Cerrone def. Benson Henderson by unanimous decision (29-28 x 3)
Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver
Round 1 – They just blocked out a middle finger to Siver from the staredowns. Trading kicks to start. Conor misses a spin kick, lands a side kick. Body kick. Slips. Conor misses a head kick and Siver lands a left. Siver shoots, stuffed. Body kick and right hand from Siver. Left from Conor. Jumping knee from Conor, left from Siver. Side kick to the leg from Siver. Conor goading him. Head kick and a left from Siver. Anoter left from Conor. Body kick from Siver. Left from Conor. He blocks Siver’s body kick attempt. Straight left and a high kick from McGregor and Siver’s mouthpiece goes flying. High kicks from Siver blocked. Head kick from Conor. Siver goes for the takedown, but Conor slips out. Another head kick from Conor. Right from Siver but Conor is all over him. Body shot, takedown attempt from Siver. Conor’s range is making a big difference here as he pours it on, Siver’s back to the cage. PMN scores it 10-9 McGregor.
Round 2 – With these judges, Conor better finish. Head kick from Conor. Body kick from Siver, leg kick. Conor walking him down. Nice straight left, spin kick to the body. High kick. Straight left, again. Head kick. Hands down, countering the slower fighter. Big left from Conor and Siver goes down. Full mount for Conor, he drops elbows and punches until Herb Dean stops it. Conor jumps out of the ring and goes after Jose Aldo screaming at him, they hold him back.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Conor McGregor def. Dennis Siver by TKO (strikes) Rd 2 (1:54) — Yes, I predicted a 2nd rd stoppage for McGregor!