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Conor McGregor picks up €190k after win

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Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor

Irish Mixed Martial Art (MMA) fighter Conor McGregor has banked a whopping €190k ($220k) after easily disposing of German competitor Denis Siver in Boston on Monday morning.

A second round TKO (technical knockout) meant the 26-year-old collected €145k ($170k) and a title shot against featherweight champ Jose Aldo.

As well as the initial appearance and win fee, McGregor was also one of four fighters to pick up bonuses for their bouts, picking up one of the Performance of the Night awards and an extra €45k in his pocket.

Immediately after defeating Siver, the Irish fighter jumped over the Octagon and confronted his next opponent Aldo, before returning to the ring after a brief exchange of words.

When being interviewed by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) commentator Joe Rogan after the outburst, McGregor was asked what he thought of the current champion.

Bucket

"I don't know - f*** him. I'm going to hand him my spit bucket, tell him to spit-shine that belt, and bring it back here for me to take it."

The six-figure sum picked up from the fight on Monday is more than triple the €60k McGregor picked up from his fight in September 2013 after being announced the winner of his bout with Dustin Poirier.

In a post-fight press conference, the fighter revealed that only the week prior to the fight he had picked up his social welfare cheque.

The other two Irish fighters who competed at the event also picked up a substantial winning fee, but the figures were modest in comparison to McGregor's.

Former Belveder College student Cathal Pendred won just under $16k (€14k) for his controversial points victory over American Sean Spencer, while Tallaght native Patrick Holohan walked away with $20k (just over €17k) for defeating Oklahoma native Shane Howell.

Conor McGregor's appearance at UFC Fight Night 59 also set a new record for a Fox Sport 1 television audience, becoming the highest-rated UFC event for the broadcaster.

An average of 2.75 million viewers tuned in to watch the Irish fighter easily dispatch Denis Siver, with the viewership peaking at over 3.1 million at one stage.

Extraordinary

What makes the high number of viewers all the more extraordinary is that the event was hosted on a Sunday evening US Eastern Time, after two American Football Championship matches.

The audience figures may have been higher for the UFC event but for the latter game being played as the preliminary MMA fights were getting underway in Boston's TD Garden.

hnews@herald.ie


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