Not surprisingly, rising featherweight title contender Conor McGregor earned one of the ,000 “Performance of the Night” bonuses for his second round finish of Dennis Siver in the main event of last night’s (January 18, 2014) UFC Fight Night 59 from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts (watch highlights here).
With the win, McGregor will now move onto his anticipated grudge match with champion Jose Aldo, which could quite possibly be one of the biggest fights of 2015.
The other $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus went to devastating kickboxer Lorenz Larkin, who made a thunderous debut at welterweight by finishing Boston native John Howard with a vicious first round flurry.
Larkin, who fought the first part of his UFC career at middleweight and owns a win over UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler, looked fast, crisp, and powerful, and could shake things up in what is already one of the more talented divisions in the UFC.
“Fight of the Night” went to the preliminary card bout between light heavyweights Sean O’Connell and Matt Van Buren. O’Connell home the grinding bout with a late finish.
The official attendance was announced as 13, 828, for a live gate of 1.34 million US dollars. In comparison to the promotion’s visits to Boston in the past, this is actually only half of what UFC 118: Edgar vs Penn brought in, although only a thousand fans less.
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