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McGregor's opponent Siver promises to 'punish' him in Boston

The German featherweight has admitted that he was surprised to get the headline fight.

Siver is eighth in the UFC featherweight rankings.
Siver is eighth in the UFC featherweight rankings.
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DENNIS SIVER, the man who will step into the Octagon with Conor McGregor on 18 January, says he plans to “punish” his opponent for bad-mouthing him.

German featherweight Siver faces ‘The Notorious’ in the main event at UFC Fight Night 59 at Boston and admits being slightly shocked at getting the bout.

“That was surprising,” he told “Many have asked me whether I would fight him, but I did not think that it would happen that fast. I expected that I need to have another fight. It was surprising for me, but I was also happy.

“This is a big step forward. He is number five in the UFC featherweight rankings and if I beat him, I’m back in the range of a title shot. That makes me happy. I’m fired up for this fight.”

McGregor has been regularly directing verbal abuse at opponents and other fighters during his meteoric rise in MMA and Siver is out for revenge after being called a “little German midget” in the wake of the Irish football team’s 1-1 draw with the world champions in October.

“I try to handle it in a professional manner,” he added. “I’m trying to not rise to provocation. Of course, it motivates me. When he insults me, I want vengeance and I will do that in the fight.

“I will punish him for it. But he won’t be able to upset me. It’s probably his goal to break people mentally. He can’t do this to me. I’m not so sensitive in that matter. I prepare myself for the fight and will do my thing.”

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