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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:

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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.”

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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

Johnny Case vs. Frankie Perez

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“UFC Tonight” co-hosts Daniel Cormier and Kenny Florian offered up their thoughts on tonight’s UFC Fight Night 59 main event during a recent edition of the series.

In the headline act, Dennis Siver attempts to spoil the party for Conor McGregor from Boston’s TD Garden on FOX Sports 1.

For Cormier, there is just one area Siver can use to gain an advantage on “Notorious.”

“Siver has to rely on his experience. This is his 19th fight and he’s been in the cage with a lot of really great fighters,” Cormier said. “When he beat George Sotiropoulos, George was undefeated. He’s a tough veteran and has a lot of skill. But he has an uphill battle.

“Conor has backed up everything he’s said every step of the way. We didn’t know if he could beat Dustin Poirier and he did. He’s one of these guys who can do everything inside of the Octagon.”

Florian, a multi-time UFC title contender including in the featherweight division, believes all of the pressure is on McGregor.

“Siver has nothing to lose. He has to pressure Conor and get that head moving,” he said. “If he can mix things up, hit some reaction and get some takedowns, and do some spinning back kicks, he can get him.

“With McGregor, I’m not sure he knows what he’s doing, like Jon Jones and Anthony Pettis, he utilizes his intuition so well and has an amazing feel for what he’s doing.”

Check out the Strikezone breakdown in the video below:

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UFC Fight Night 59 weigh-ins took place earlier today from Boston’s TD Garden for Sunday’s event.

Conor McGregor will look to cement his status as the No. 1 contender in the featherweight division when he meets Dennis Siver. McGregor, unbeaten since joining the UFC, weighed in at 145 pounds. Siver tipped the scales at 146.

The card, which airs on FOX Sports 1, will also feature a third meeting between lightweights Benson Henderson and Donald Cerrone. Henderson, a former UFC champion, owns two victories over “Cowboy” from their time in the WEC.

Complete weigh-in results, along with a video replay, can be found below. FightLine will have coverage of the main card, including live play-by-play, beginning at 10 p.m. ET.

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1/10 p.m. ET)

Conor McGregor (145 lbs.) vs. Dennis Siver (146)

Benson Henderson (156) vs. Donald Cerrone (155)

Uriah Hall (186) vs. Ron Stallings (185)

Gleison Tibau (156) vs. Norman Parke (156)

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/7 p.m. ET)

Cathal Pendred (171) vs. Sean Spencer (171)

John Howard (170) vs. Lorenz Larkin (171)

Zhang Lipeng (156) vs. Chris Wade (156)

Patrick Holohan (125) vs. Shane Howell (125)

Frankie Perez (155) vs. Johnny Case (156)

Charles Rosa (145) vs. Sean Soriano (146)

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6 p.m. ET)

Matt Van Buren (205) vs. Sean O’Connell (206)

Tateki Matsuda (125) vs. Joby Sanchez (126)

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