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Barcelona star Neymar makes a splash in UFC pool party

July 13, 2015 07:00 IST
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Barcelona's Neymar with UFC Octagon girls in Las Vegas. Photograph: UFC/Instagram

Stars of the UFC gathered in Las Vegas as anticipation hit fever pitch ahead of Conor McGregor's featherweight title fight against Chad Mendes.

To up the glamour, the Octagon girls joined Barcelona superstar Neymar who endured a disappointing Copa America with Brazil when he was sent off against Colombia.

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Barcelona's Neymar flaunts his UFC ticket. Photograph: Neymar/Instagram

Conor McGregor lived up to the expectations as the Irish fighter recovered from a serious beating to hand a Technical Knockout to America's Chad Mendes in a classic Mixed Martial Art UFC 189 interim featherweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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Ireland's Conor McGregor, right, in action. Photograph: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

With the likes of former boxing heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and Hollywood Star and ex-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in attendance, McGregor fought bravely to stun a tough-looking Mendes in the second of the five-round final of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

McGregor, 26, nicknamed The Notorious had the backing of a majority Irish crowd at the packed MGM Arena as Mendes faced a hostile scenario on home turf.

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