UFC President Dana White confirmed today that if Connor McGregor (16-2 MMA, 4-0 UFC) defeats Dennis Siver (22-9 MMA, 11-6 UFC) at Fight Night 59, he is next in line for a crack at the featherweight strap. On the possible Aldo vs. McGregor matchup, Dana White claims: “it’ll be the biggest fight that division has ever had.”
“This fight in Boston, if he wins, he’s going to fight for the title,” Said White. Title shot guarantees are not always set in UFC stone, but a #5 (McGregor) defeating a #9 (Siver) opponent for a title shot definitely suggests strong organizational support.
“Everybody just assumed he’s going to run through Siver,” White stated. “Nobody thought he was going to beat Poirier, but now he’s just going to walk through Siver? I don’t ever f****** count the chickens until the hatch, believe me, because anything can happen in this sport. So we’ll see what happens.”
Connor McGregor is riding a 12-fight winning streak, most recently defeating Dustin Poirier via 1st round TKO. His upcoming opponent Dennis Siver has gone 3-2-1 in his last 6 fights. He won a unanimous decision victory over Manny Gamburyan at UFC 168, but the fight was ruled no contest after Siver tested positive for hCG. He came back to defeat Charles Rosa in October, earning the fight of the night bonus in another unanimous decision victory.
Jose Aldo last defended the featherweight title against Chad Mendes at UFC 179. A long time champion against one of the biggest up-and-coming personalities of the UFC could make for a very drawing card. We will have to await the results of Fight Night 59 to see if Connor McGregor gets a shot at the top.