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UFC Fight Night: Dublin post-fight bonuses: Conor McGregor pockets 50k for knockout win

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Conor McGregor and Gunnar Nelson pocketed $50, 000 in performance bonuses each for their wins, while Cathal Pendred and Mike King took home the ‘Fight of the Night’ honours.

Esther Lin

The UFC's long awaited return to Dublin, Ireland brought with it a fantastic afternoon of fights that featured a wide array of stoppages and entertaining finishes that served their purpose and sent the Irish crowd home satisfied. From the curtain jerker all the way through to the main event, this fight card did not disappoint and left the UFC brass with a tough decision regarding the selection of post-fight bonuses.

The main event saw Ireland's Conor McGregor live up to his word and stop Diego Brandao in the opening round of their featherweight clash. It was a solid win as McGregor dominated on the ground as well as in the striking department. He would eventually close out the fight with less than a minute to go in the opening round with a barrage of strikes that forced referee Leon Roberts to intervene.

The co-main event featured another great performance from the undefeated Icelandic fighter Gunnar Nelson, as he defeated Zak Cummings via rear-naked choke to secure the first of two performance bonuses that evening.

Cathal Pendred put on one of the most remarkable displays of heart, grit and determination on the fight card, as he withstood a battering in the opening round from Mike King to pull off an incredible comeback in the second round of the match-up. After falling into a tight rear-naked choke, Pendred managed to find his way out of the opening frame and returned apply one himself in the second round separate King from his consciousness.

Performance bonuses: Conor McGregor, Gunnar Nelson

Fight of the Night bonus: Cathal Pendred vs. Mike King