UFC 189 was one for the ages, featuring great action throughout its main card. That action included a co-main event in Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald (seen above), which may well rank among the greatest fights in the promotion’s history.
There was also a feeling of history being made in the evening’s main event, where Conor McGregor was proven correct on his “trash talk” — scoring championship gold for the first time in his UFC career.
As a result, there seemed to be any number of choices to reward with UFC’s traditional post-fight bonuses. But, there weren’t any great surprises when the names of the winners were read at the press conference after the event.
There were four winners in total.
The particulars of that co-main event earned “Fight of the Night” honors, and McGregor, the winner of the main event, was awarded “Performance of the Night” — netting all three a cool $50,000 a piece.
In addition to those three, rising bantamweight star Thomas Almeida, who opened the UFC 189 main card with a knockout win over Brad Pickett, scored a “Performance of the Night” bonus (and $50,000 bonus). The bonus was the third of his UFC career.
Lawler and MacDonald have both won “Fight of the Night” honors several times in recent years. For Lawler, who won the bout by TKO in the fifth round, it was the third such honor in his last five bouts, and fourth post-fight bonus of his career. MacDonald won “Fight of the Night” in a 2014 win over Damien Maia as well. The bout was Lawler’s first defense of his UFC welterweight title.
For McGregor, the honor was his fourth straight “Performance of the Night” bonus.
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