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UFC 189 results: Biggest winners, losers from 'McGregor vs Mendes' in Las Vegas last night

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Let's take a look at "who's hot: and "who's not" after UFC 189: "McGregor vs. Mendes," which took place on last night (Sat., July 11, 2015) inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) put forth one of the best pay-per-view (PPV) events of the year last night (Sat., July 11, 2015) with UFC 189 from inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Actually, with five finishes and two classic back-and-forth title fights, it was simply one of the best of all time.

In the main event, Conor McGregor put all the doubt to rest by finishing Chad Mendes via technical knockout at the end of the second round to win UFC's interim Featherweight title (highlights).

Mendes beat the tar out of Irishman throughout the second round, but after going for a guillotine choke he allowed "Notorious" to get back to his feet, McGregor connected with a huge straight left shortly afterward and sealed the deal on the ground to win the belt in a grueling battle.

In the co-main event, Robbie Lawler retained his welterweight title after defeating Rory MacDonald by technical knockout in the fifth round of a wild, crazy and bloody affair. The momentum shifted between the two fighters, but in the fifth, Lawler proved the reason he is the champion by pouring it on with his striking and once again clipping MacDonald on his nose --which was most likely already broken -- forcing him to cover up in obvious pain. The end would come seconds later as Lawler finished him off on the ground to get the victory (highlights).

Here are your biggest winners and losers from UFC 189:

Conor McGregor

"Notorious" talked the talk and he walked the walk.

Most experts were picking Chad Mendes because they weren't confident in the Irish featherweight's wrestling ability or take down defense. Mendes was to be his first real test.  McGregor got taken down, but he remained patient, took his lumps and when he got back to his feet, made every strike count before closing the show.

It was an outstanding performance by McGregor, and after all the months of promotion and non-stop build up to the fight with division champion Jose Aldo, and then this fight versus Mendes (after he stepped in), he delivered. The new interim Featherweight champion proved he can take a big shot and that he can defeat a stud wrestler in his division.

There is nothing left to say about him. McGregor is for real and UFC 189 was his official coronation. He is an bonafide megastar.

Runner up: Robbie Lawler

Prior to last night's card, Lawler already fought in two of the greatest Welterweight title fights of all time, splitting a pair of decisions with Johnny Hendricks at UFC 171 and UFC 181.

After his technical knockout victory over MacDonald at UFC 189, we can make that three.

"Ruthless" took control early before eating a huge head kick that hurt him badly, but he did not falter. In the final round, the 33-year-old fighter dug deep and finished off MacDonald to retain his title in an absolute war, which won "Fight of the Night."

At the end of the fight, MacDonald was a bloody mess and Lawler had a cut on the corner of his lip akin to Heath Ledger's Joker from The Dark Knight (both needed a trip to the hospital). A fitting image of a fighter who has long been known for being a warrior over the course of his 14-year career.

Runner up: Thomas Almeida

The 23-year-old Brazilian phenom remains undefeated, winning his 20th fight by knockout over Brad Pickett via flying knee. The Chute Box Academy-trained fighter has won his first three fights in UFC and picked up a "Performance" bonus in all three of them.

Prior to UFC 189 "Thominhas" was ranked No.14 in the UFC bantamweight rankings, and should assuredly move up after his highlight-reel knockout on Saturday night.

Biggest Loser: Brad Pickett

"One Punch" returned to the Bantamweight division after going 1-2 at Flyweight, but he didn't get the results he was looking for.

The 36-year-old English veteran got mauled by a flying knee in the second round by Almeida and has now lost three in a row. Pickett looked outstanding in the first round, dropping the young Brazilian twice, but got buried by the knee of Almeida early on in the second round.

A three-fight losing streak is always the proverbial hot seat in UFC, so Pickett could be on his way out. If not, he is, obviously, on very thin ice.

Runner up: Brandon Thatch

After losing to Benson Henderson at UFC Fight Night 60 via rear-naked choke, Thatch needed to get back into the win column.

Unfortunately for him, he got submitted the exact same way at UFC 189 by Gunnar Nelson ... this time in the first round.

Not only that, but Nelson beat Thatch in the stand up portion as well, dropping him with a two-punch combination before out-grappling the Team Grudge fighter and securing the fight-ending submission.

Thatch was one of the more highly-touted fighters in the 170-pound division, and now with back-to-back submission losses, he will have his work cut out for him going forward.

For complete results from UFC 189: "Mendes vs. McGregor," including play-by-play updates, click here.