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'Truly bitter sweet' - Conor McGregor on a night of mixed fortunes for Irish fighters in Dublin

Published 25/10/2015 | 01:01

UFC superstar Conor McGregor paid tribute to every fighter that took part in UFC Fight Night 76 in Dublin, especially on a mixed night for his team-mates.

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The 3Arena was the venue for some impressive bouts on what was a night of contrasting fortunes for the Irish contingent.

Aisling Daly, Norman Parke and Dubliner Neil Seery will look back fondly on the event, securing wins to bolster their credentials.

On the flip side, it was a disappointing night defeat for others. Cathal Pendred suffered a first-round TKO to Tom Breese. In truth, 24-year-old was superior in every significant face and Pendred must now consider consecutive losses for the first time.

UFC fighter Conor McGregor with supporters at UFC Fight Night. 3Arena, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
UFC fighter Conor McGregor with supporters at UFC Fight Night. 3Arena, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

In the main event of the night, a gallant performance by Paddy Holohan was not enough to avoid defeat against Louis Smolka.

McGregor was watching on as his SBG colleagues Pendred, Daly and Holahan took to the ring and admitted it was a rollercoater night.

"The game is truly bitter sweet!" he posted on his Twitter account. "Proud of all my teammates. Respect to every fighter who made that walk tonight. It is not for everyone."

Coach John Kavanagh also offered words of encouragement afterwards.

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