McGregor worked his way out from under Chad Mendes in the second round, and finished the contender with punches. With the win, McGregor became the interim featherweight champ.
The other “Performance of the Night” was handed to bantamweight Thomas Almeida, for his jaw dropping, flying knee KO of Brad Pickett.
“Fight of the Night” was given to Rory MacDonald and welterweight champ Robbie Lawler for their instant classic. Lawler won the fight via fifth round stoppage.
UFC 189 went down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.