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UFC Fight Night - Conor McGregor v Dennis SiverConor McGregor’s latest fight went down at the weekend in TD Garden, Boston against German Dennis Siver.  McGregor has talked a lot in the build up to this fight about the German, so fight week was going to be a tense affair.  With Cathal Pendred, Norman Parke and Paddy Holohan also on the card this had the feel of UFC Dublin back in July.

UFC Fight Night - Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver

The first of the fighters media obligations were the open workouts. The fighters usually come in and throw some strikes with a coach for around 15 minutes and sign some autographs for the public, although Conor decided he was quite enjoying it and decided to put on a 45 minute striking and grappling masterclass with SBG Gym team-mates Owen Roddy and Artem Lobov, along with Ireland’s first UFC fighter Tom Egan.

UFC Fight Night - Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver - Open Workouts

Conor McGregor during an open workout with former UFC fighter Tom Egan.

During the workout, Conor noticed two replica UFC belts sitting outside the cage and did exactly what you’d expect from him…

UFC Fight Night - Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver - Open Workouts

Next up was the ‘Ultimate Media Day’, this is the fighters least favourite part of the build up as they are usually well into their weight cut and feeling pretty grumpy, but most fighters will smile and get on with it.

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Conor McGregor speaks to media ahead of his fight against Dennis Siver.

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Norman Parke, left, and Paddy Holohan.

There is of course some people who enjoy it more than others, good friends Benson Henderson and Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone had an unusual head to head, swapping hats and posing for the cameras.

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Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, left, and Benson Henderson swap hats

With the media obligations over, it was down to business on Saturday with the weigh ins taking place in Orphium Theatre in downtown Boston.  Ahead of the weigh ins,  Brazilian UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo took to the stage for a question and answer session and was given a tough welcome by the massive Irish following in the crowd, as Conor McGregor was given in Brazil a few months back.

UFC Fight Night - Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver: Q&A with UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo

UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo

Weigh ins passed without drama, all fighters making weight

UFC Fight Night - Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver - Weigh-in

Significantly, McGregor made a statement by making 145lb, only required for championship title bouts, other bouts can be 1lb overweight, which almost all fighters take advantage of.145

The wait was over and fight night arrived, with thousands of Irish fans packing into the TD Garden early on.

Thousands of Irish fans flew to Boston for the fight turning the arena into a sea of green, the takeover was truly underway. fans   Flyweights Joby Sanchez and Tateki Matsuda got the action underway with an entertaining battle that swung back and forth, with Sanchez eventually taking a split decision victory. UFC Fight Night Undercard- Tateki Matsuda v Joby Sanchez

Next up was Sean O’Connell v Matt van Buren, which turned out to be the Fight of the Night, earning both fighters a $50,000 bonus.UFC Fight Night Undercard- Matt Van Buren v Sean O'Connell

Iowa native Johnny Case continued his impressive win streak with a third round TKO victory over Frankie Perez. UFC Fight Night Undercard- Johnny Case v Frankie Perez

The first of the Irish fighters to step into the octagon was Dublin’s Paddy Holohan, who dominated his opponent Shane Howell, taking a unanimous decision. UFC Fight Night Undercard- Paddy Holohan v Shane Howell

UFC Fight Night Undercard- Paddy Holohan v Shane Howell

Next of the fighting Irish was Cathal Pendred, who’s endured a tough start to his UFC career, and it continued with a controversial victory over Sean Spencer. UFC Fight Night Undercard- Cathal Pendred v Sean Spencer

As the prelims ended and the main event began, the arena was packed, and the locals were in great spirits after the New England Patriots reached Super Bowl XLIX. UFC Fight Night Undercard

Bushmills lightweight Norman Parke kicked off the main card, who came out on the losing side of a split decision after a close fight with Brazilian Gleison Tibau. UFC Fight Night Undercard- Norman Parke v Gleison Tibau UFC Fight Night Undercard- Norman Parke v Gleison Tibau

UFC debutant won the gruesome cut of the night award after his middleweight fight with Uriah Hall was stopped in the opening round by the doctor.

UFC Fight Night Undercard- Uriah Hall v Ron Stallings

The lights went out and it was main event time as Conor McGregor entered the arena, tricolor draped over his shoulders.UFC Fight Night - Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver

Probably one of the more memorable moments in UFC history, McGregor flipping his opponent off ahead of the fight after Siver refused to touch gloves. UFC Fight Night - Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver UFC Fight Night - Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver UFC Fight Night - Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver

It wasn’t to be for the German, referee Herb Dean stopping the fight in the second round. UFC Fight Night - Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver

Next up is UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo in Vegas. UFC Fight Night - Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver UFC Fight Night - Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver

Post-Fight Press Conference UFC Fight Night - Conor McGregor v Dennis Siver - Post Fight Press Conference

Paddy Holohan, left, and Conor McGregor share a joke during a post-fight press conference.  

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SBG Gym team-mates Paddy Holohan, left, and Conor McGregor after the post-fight press conference.

What was in my camera bag?

  • Nikon D4s
  • Nikon D4
  • Nikon 14-24mm
  • Nikon 24-70mm
  • Nikon 70-200mm
  • Sigma 15mm Fisheye

You know McGregor has hit the big time when Arnie gets involved.

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