O’Connell and Van Buren had the “Fight of the Night.” | Photo: Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog.com
Conor McGregor, Lorenz Larkin, Sean O’Connell and Matt Van Buren earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at UFC Fight Night “McGregor vs. Siver” on Sunday.
The second Ultimate Fighting Championship card of 2015 was held at TD Garden in Boston.
McGregor backed up all the pre-fight talk with a second-round technical knockout of Dennis Siver in the evening’s main event. With the win, “Notorious” earned a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus, and earned his shot at challenging for Jose Aldo’s featherweight title. The bonus is McGregor’s third straight post-fight award.
Larkin finished John Howard via first-round technical knockout en route to a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus. Much to the chagrin of the Boston attendees, Larkin looked comfortable with dropping to 170-pounds, finishing “Doomsday” with punches.
Earlier in the evening, Van Buren and O’Connell earned a $50,000 “Fight of the Night” award for their efforts. A veteran of “The Ultimate Fighter: 19,” Van Buren seemed to be cruising after two rounds, but “The Real OC” landed a few big shots that forced the hand of referee Gary Forman, earning his first victory under the UFC banner.