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Conor McGregor

Fresh off his second round TKO victory over Dennis Siver, Conor McGregor has climbed to fourth in the UFC’s featherweight division. The official rankings were recently updated.

McGregor, who is expected to meet champion Jose Aldo later this year, moved ahead of Cub Swanson. Dennis Bermudez, Jeremy Stephens and Clay Guida all climbed a spot, while Dustin Poirier and Siver fell.

In the overall Top-15, T.J. Dillashaw is now seventh, climbing ahead of Ronda Rousey and Anderson Silva.

Other movements include Jussier Formiga placing tied for fourth at flyweight with John Moraga, Wilson Reis and Brad Pickett flipping for 13th at 125 pounds, Mark Munoz and Tim Boetsch doing the same at middleweight, Joanne Calderwood climbing to fifth at strawweight ahead of Tecia Torres and Paige VanZant sliding back in at 10th ahead of Heather Clark.

ufc on fox 14

Alexander Gustafsson is one of the bigger light heavyweights in the world. So is his opponent, Anthony Johnson.

The two meet this coming Saturday night from Stockholm in the main event of UFC on FOX 14, with the winner securing a future title fight vs. Jon Jones.

During a recent appearance on “UFC Tonight,” Gustafsson discussed what the difference will be vs. “Rumble.”

“He can’t connect the punches,” he said. “He won’t either. I’m too fast for him.”

Johnson’s first opponent back after returning to the UFC was Phil Davis, a friend and training partner of “The Mauler.” Davis handed Gustafsson his first career defeat.

“We’ve been talking and training, and he gave me some advice,” Gustafsson said. “But it’s no secret. (Johnson’s) strong and heavy-handed. I’m ready.”

The only other pro defeat for the Swede came via decision to Jones for the title in 2013. He is now one step closer to a rematch with “Bones,” something he’s been chasing since that night.

“That’s the fight I want,” he said. “That’s the big fight I’m dreaming about. I’m going to beat him, I’m going to take that belt from him.

“But right now, I don’t have time or room for Jon Jones. I’m fighting Anthony Johnson; I need to be the best for him.”

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Jon Anik, Brian Stann and Dominick Cruz offered up their thoughts during a special look ahead to the upcoming year in the UFC.

UFC president Dana White joined the crew for an exclusive interview, all of which you can see in the video below:

ufc 185

For Rafael dos Anjos, the decision to leave his native home and come to train in the U.S. has paid off.

Dos Anjos will challenge UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis for the title at UFC 185 in March from Dallas. Following three straight wins, and thanks to Khabib Nurmagomedov being injured, dos Anjos jumped to the front of the line.

“I think in 2012, I moved here and everything started changing,” he said, during a recent appearance on UFC Tonight. “I focused on my training. There was not so much distraction as in Brazil. I have better training partners.

“When I moved here, I said if I want to be champion, I’ve got to train with the best.”

Following five straight wins, including a victory over Donald Cerrone in 2013, UFC officials matched dos Anjos (23-7) up with Nurmagomedov. The unbeaten Nurmagomedov earned a decision, and the Brazilian was forced to re-think his strategy.

The loss sent him into a bout with Jason High, which he won via second round TKO. Just over two months later, dos Anjos stopped former champion Benson Henderson in the first round, adding a decision win vs. one-time contender Nate Diaz this past December to a 3-1 run in 2014.

“After the fight against Khabib, I stopped thinking about the belt,” he said. “I was so worried about it before the fight. Now, I’ve just been training, doing my job. I wasn’t thinking about it.

“Then I got it and I was so happy.”

Pettis, who returned from an extended layoff to finish Gilbert Melendez last year in his first title defense, has vowed to stop dos Anjos early.

“I think everybody talks, but then once it’s just me and him in the cage, I have 30 fights and more experience than he does and it’s going to make the different,” he said. “If he thinks he’s going to knock me out, let’s see. I’m going to answer this question on March 14.”

ufc fight night 59

The Octagon heads to Boston tonight for UFC Fight Night 59 from the TD Garden.

In the main event, Conor McGregor takes on Dennis Siver in a featherweight collision. With a win, “Notorious” will earn himself a shot at UFC champion Jose Aldo later this year.

Also, Donald Cerrone returns on two weeks notice to meet former champion Benson Henderson. Previously, Henderson has won both meetings with “Cowboy.”

Now, on to the action! Remember to keep hitting “refresh” for the latest results.

PRELIMINARY CARD

Tateki Matsuda vs. Joby Sanchez

Flyweights hit the Octagon for our first fight of the night, as Tateki Matsuda (10-6) takes on Joby Sanchez (6-1).

Round 1: Matsuda takes the center of the Octagon, tagging Sanchez right away. Sanchez firing off with big-time kicks and punches. He drops Matsuda with a right hand and pounces with just over two minutes to go. Matsuda now in the guard and he appears to have survived for the moment. Sanchez attempting to mount, instead switches to a rear-naked choke as they stand. Sanchez bouncing around, picking his openings and striking.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Sanchez

Round 2: Matsuda again trying to work from the center and control the offense, but eats a straight right. Here comes Matsuda back, landing a 1-2 combo. Takedown for Sanchez, working for mount early in the round. Matsuda gets to his feet, but eats a left for his effort. Excellent striking from both men through this round, keeping it standing for the most part.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Matsuda

Round 3: Sanchez comes out much quicker this time, not letting Matsuda take the center. Matsuda the more effective striker this round, busting open the nose of Sanchez. Big time power out of Sanchez again, rocking him with shots. He gains the clinch and tries to land a knee, but misses. Sanchez literally pushes him to the ground and pounces, landing shots all over the place. Credit Matsuda for being able to survive all of these shots from Sanchez, but he’s been dominated this round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Sanchez

Joby Sanchez def. Tateki Matsuda via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Matt Van Buren vs. Sean O’Connell

We finish up the Fight Pass prelims with light heavyweights, as Matt Van Buren (6-3) faces Sean O’Connell (15-6).

Round 1: Van Buren peppering him with some nasty kicks, ties up after a knee to the body and they do some dirty boxing. O’Connell denied on a takedown attempt and is eating some nasty knees. Another knee connects, as the size advantage is coming into play. O’Connell back to the body and gets hit with a hook. Van Buren doing a lot of damage off the cage with knees to the body.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for O’Connell

Round 2: O’Connell going for the kill here early, swinging with everything with his left hook. Van Buren currently has landed 27 knees, all to the body. Van Buren connects after several shots, but O’Connell catches him coming in. He’s hurt, and O’Connell lands another left. Van Buren ties things up and they land on the fence.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Van Buren

Round 3: Fatigue coming into play now, as both fighters are moving slower. Big knee to the body, again, by Van Buren lands. O’Connell lands a left hook that rocks Van Buren and he is walking him down now. Another shot. O’Connell wobbles him and pounces, firing off with lefts. Van Buren is up but wobbled, and hit with a huge uppercut. More from O’Connell and this one is all over.

Sean O’Connell def. Matt Van Buren via TKO (strikes) at 2:11 of Round 3

Charles Rosa vs. Sean Soriano

The FS1 prelims kickoff with featherweight action, as Charles Rosa (9-1) battles Sean Soriano (8-2).

Round 1: These two could be foreshadowing the next season of The Ultimate Fighter, as it pits the Blackzilians vs. American Top Team. Rosa with a takedown, but Soriano is looking for a triangle off his back. He’s got plenty of time to continue working for the submission. Rolls free and we are back to the feet and under three minutes. Good movement, footwork from Soriano, and Rosa answers with a kick. Rosa putting pressure on, but eats a shot for his effort. Good grappling from Soriano, and he adds a left-counter, a knee and another shot to the body.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Soriano

Round 2: Rosa switches stances, and he’s limping now, so he has some damage to his leg. Another nasty kick that he tries to check. Takedown for Soriano, who stands up and proceeds to come flying back down with a right. Rosa gets up, only to get taken back down with a trip. Again up, this time they roll and Rosa attempts a toe hold but pulls guard. Armbar attempt as we approach the two-minute mark for Rosa, but Soriano defends and survives. Rosa on top and in side control, working for the mount and gaining it. He’s on the back now with both hooks in, but Soriano survives and scrambles to his feet. Rosa goes for another choke after a takedown at the end of the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Rosa

Round 3: Soriano was instructed to keep the fight on the feet, so let’s see if he does it. Shot to the body by Soriano, who tries for a takedown but is denied. Another right, followed by a kick to the left leg. Rosa, wobbling, continues to press forward. Soriano pulls guard and is on the ground, exactly where his corner told him not to be. Mount for Rosa, takes the back and is looking to get his hooks in with three minutes to go. Soriano gets free and folds up Rosa, getting himself caught in an armbar. Soriano slams him down in an attempt to break the hold, which he does, but winds up on his back again. Rosa transitioning from submission to submission. He’s got him tied up and this one is all over.

Charles Rosa def. Sean Soriano via submission (D’arce choke) at 4:43 of Round 3

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