Celtic-daft MMA star Chris Bungard showed off his love for the club by wearing his Hoops jersey to the cage at Bellator 240.

The fighter took on former champion Brent Primus in the main event of the Dublin show but succumbed to a face crank - though the defeat didn't dampen his spirits too much.

Having taken the bout on less than three weeks notice against a formidable opponent, confident Bungard showed off ready to brawl in his club's colours, draped in a Saltire flag to the tune of Christy Moore's Viva la Quinta Brigada.

However, it took less than two minutes of the first-round for lightweight world champion Primus to show his class and tap out the proud Celt.

Posting on social media, Bungard admitted he was disappointed with the loss but vowed to return better than ever. "We took a risk and lived the dream," he said. "After taking the fight on a very taxing few weeks notice we came up short against one of the best in the world.

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"Thought I had him way early but the man showed his skills and has a solid squeeze, fair play to him for that. We heal up and get a full fight camp and I'll see you all again, May 16 in London. Your support has been unbelievable and I can't thank you all enough, from the bottom of my heart.

"Thank you. All part of my crazy journey and this life I get to live. Thank you to my team for everything we get back to work and continue to get better."