SiriusXM Sports’ Michael Silver previews UFC Fight Night: Boston.

Do you enjoy the NFL playoffs? How about mixed martial arts? If you answered yes to both, this weekend is a dream scenario for sports fans.

The New England Patriots are set to host the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game Sunday, in Foxborough, Mass. Kickoff is set for 6:40 pm ET, with the winner moving on to the Super Bowl. Three hours later, the UFC takes over the airwaves with UFC Fight Night, live from the TD Garden in Boston, at 10 pm ET on Fox Sports 1. Only a 30-minute drive north from the football game, fans get to watch some of the best young fighters faceoff inside the octagon.

Headlining the main card is “The Notorious” Conor McGregor versus Dennis Siver in a five-round Featherweight bout. A polarizing figure in MMA, McGregor is still relatively new to the sport. Yet his charisma on the mic, accurately predicting victories by round in dramatic style, has skyrocketed the 26-year old in popularity. No one has generated this kind of buzz since former Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar took the MMA world by storm.

McGregor (16-2, 4-0 in UFC) will be facing arguably his toughest competition to date in the 36-year old veteran Siver (22-9, 12-6 in UFC). “The Notorious” fighter hails from Dublin, Ireland, proudly wearing his country’s flag on his back as the first Irishman to fight for the promotion, while Siver calls Mannheim, Germany home.

Not only has McGregor moved the needle in popularity, he now ranks fourth overall in his division. UFC President Dana White has said on record that, with a win, the Irish sensation will earn a title shot versus current 145-pound champion, Jose Aldo of Brazil.

Two weeks ago at UFC 182, McGregor was at it again with this gem of a quote: “I said football stadiums. I said world titles. This is what I said and this is what is happening. It’s a beautiful thing when you have the ability to predict the future, and that is what I feel I have.”

As for his latest prediction against Dennis Siver, he was confident as usual.

“So Jan. 18, I feel I will stop Dennis Siver inside two minutes. I’ve ran through some scenarios, I cannot see him escaping the first two minutes. He is a seasoned veteran. He is a kickboxing expert, a taekwondo expert. He is my most experienced competitor that I will ever have faced. But I feel that under two minutes it will take me to dispatch him, and again it will make way for the football stadium in Ireland.”

With a large Irish population surrounding Boston, you can expect a loud, boisterous crowd decked in green, white and orange supporting their guy.

Not to be overshadowed, the co-main event of the evening features Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (25-6, 13-3 in UFC) versus Benson “Smooth” Henderson (21-4, 9-2 in UFC) in a Lightweight bout. Cerrone will be fighting for the second time in 15 days, after his impressive win streak continued after defeating Myles Jury at UFC 182. No one fights as often as this guy and on such short notice; it’s beyond comprehension.

Henderson, the former UFC and WEC champion, looks to regain his winning ways after losing to Rafael dos Anjos, the new no. 1 contender in the division.

Ten fights in total will air on FS1 so stay glued to your television sets Sunday night.

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