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Morning Report: Conor McGregor says Dennis Siver 'could be entering this contest on performance-enhancing drugs'

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Dennis Siver has been busted for taking performance-enhancing drugs once. Conor McGregor believes there is no guarantee he won't be using them when the two fight Sunday.

"I feel he has been on that stuff his whole career and who knows his evolution?" McGregor said Tuesday on ESPN2's Highly Questionable. "He has probably evolved his skills of hiding the substance. So as far as I'm aware, he could be entering this contest on performance-enhancing drugs as it is. I do not respect an individual like that."

In December 2013, Siver tested positive for human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a fertility drug for women. It can also be used in combination with anabolic steroid cycles, so it is part of the WADA banned list. Siver was suspended and his win over Manny Gamburyan was overturned into a no contest.

Since then, Siver (22-9, 1 NC) has fought only once, defeating Charles Rosa in October. The German's only losses since 2010 have come against Cub Swanson and Donald Cerrone. Yet, McGregor (16-2) is a 12-to-1 favorite in some sportsbooks for the main event at UFC Fight Night 59 in Boston.

"The Notorious" doesn't seem to think that figure is too high. McGregor not only predicts he will knock Siver out within two minutes of the fight, he also now says Siver will be ousted from the UFC following the loss.

"He has two options," McGregor said. "He can either retire or he will be cut from the promotion. On the night, on the air, I will cut him myself as I believe I am shaping up to become vice president of the UFC pretty soon. So I will be making cuts myself."

McGregor, 26, also commented for the first time about calling Siver a Nazi on social media back in November. The Irishman quickly deleted the post, but he still has no apologies for Siver -- only others who might have been insulted by the off-color remark.

"I realized people outside of the contest took offense," McGregor said. "I did not want to offend nobody that is not involved in the contest. But as far as offending Dennis, I do not care about Dennis. I will call him whatever I want and I will do what I please to him on Sunday night."



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Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via Graham Douglas who, well, takes a kind of ridiculous look at potential first opponents for CM Punk:

Okay, one thing is certain. If CM Punk wins his first fight, then his opponent must be at a similar MMA level. And if that's true, then it's not going to be a true and tested MMA fighter who is in the UFC on the merits of their MMA skillset. That means this is wide open. I'll kick things off.

First Choice:

CM Punk vs. Steven Segal