By Zach Arnold | January 18, 2015
— ZombieProphet (@ZProphet_MMA) January 19, 2015
UFC’s fortunate luck on Sunday with the Patriots predictably blowing out the Colts led to a perfect scenario
in Dublin, Ireland at the Boston Garden:
- Featherweights: Conor McGregor defeated Dennis Siver (coming off drug suspension) in R2 in 1′54 by mercy/referee stoppage.
- Lightweights: Donald Cerrone defeated Ben Henderson after 3R by unanimous decision.
- Lightweights: Gleison Tibau defeated Norman Parke after 3R by split decision.
- Welterweights: Cathal Pendred defeated Sean Spencer after 3R by unanimous decision.
- Welterweights: Lorenz Larkin defeated John Howard in R1 in 2′17 by TKO.
Conor McGregor was booked against a tailor-made opponent in Dennis Siver, a tank who McGregor easily picked apart. I was surprised Herb Dean didn’t try to stop the fight sooner than he did. McGregor then jumped out of the cage and tried to get in Jose Aldo’s face to heat-up their upcoming title fight. I’m sure he will get fined under the UFC’s code of conduct for risking the safety of spectators nearby Aldo, right? After all, Jon Jones got hit with a $25,000 fine for a failed drug test due to cocaine usage… Dana White dismissed the incident as “typical Conor.”
McGregor hinted after his fight with Siver that the title fight with Aldo will likely happen in Las Vegas. Dana White indicated the fight would happen on Memorial Day weekend. Joe Rogan said on television that watching a Conor McGregor fight is like watching a fight with Muhammad Ali or Sugar Ray Leonard.
We know, bro. We know. pic.twitter.com/DUrJqYhziY
— Derek Bolender (@DerekBolender) January 19, 2015
Donald Cerrone’s decision win over Ben Henderson was… interesting. I had scored the fight 29-28 for Henderson, giving him the last two rounds. However, seeing Ben’s shocked face after the scores were read was a touch ironic given how many of Henderson’s past opponents have had that same look on their face after Henderson won on the score cards. In post-fight comments, Cerrone remarked about how timid both guys were in the fight and was disappointed with the way things played out. Joe Rogan stated the obvious when he commented that it didn’t feel right having only three rounds instead of five rounds.
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) January 18, 2015
Watching Fox Sports Pravda this weekend has been nauseating. They have been spending a lot of time promoting a Monday night Entertainment Tonight-style interview with Charissa Thompson and Jon Jones. In the teasers promoting Monday’s interview, Jones came off (in my opinion) as a man in denial who is trying to put up a good front of someone who is acknowledging a mistake. Jones says he doesn’t have an addiction to cocaine and isn’t a habitual recreational user. I’ll reserve full judgment until I watch Monday’s interview, but I suspect that this interview will do Jones few favors in changing the minds of his skeptics.
— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) January 19, 2015
And not once mentioned in the interview teasers at all are the questions raised regarding testosterone levels in the CIR (Carbon Isotope Ratio) tests. Most sporting fans aren’t going to get in an uproar over cocaine usage. Any potential testosterone issues, however, are much more explosive in terms of credibility & public discussion. Read Dave Meltzer’s article on MMA Fighting to see some of the questions currently being raised over Nevada’s drug testing protocols.