A bigger Conor McGregor inevitably meant a heavier and way more dangerous left hand. That’s exactly what “Cowboy” ran into during the main event of UFC 246.
McGregor needed just 40 seconds to put Donald Cerrone away and cement his return after a 15 month layoff. It was a fast, brutal and impressive performance which saw McGregor break Cowboy’s nose with a shoulder charge just seconds into the main event bout.
The Irishman looked huge (and happy) at welterweight and said it is a division here’s here to conquer.
“I like this weight division, I feel really good,” he told Joe Rogan in a post fight interview.
“It’s good going up and down. God willing I came out of here unscathed. I’m in shape, I don’t believe I’m there yet, I’ve still got work to do to get back to where I was.”
With the win, McGregor improves his record to 22-4 with 19 knockouts. Cerrone, the UFC’s all-time winningest fighter, drops to 36-14 in his professional career.
McGregor also had a parting shot for a new suite of potential opponents, including current welterweight champ Kamaru Usman and BMF champion Jorge Masvidal.
“Anyone of these mouthy fools can get it. Every single one of them.”
UFC boss Dana White, however, had other ideas.
“Everyone wants to fight Conor. But when you look at what makes sense Khabib is the fight to make,” he said in the post-fight press conference.
“This is a massive fight with global appeal. It’s the fight that makes sense.
“I’m telling you right now Khabib versus Conor is the biggest fight in the company’s and the sport’s history. I think it might rival Conor and Floyd.”
White was, of course, referring to a boxing match between McGregor and Floyd Mayweather, which netter McGregor a disclosed paycheck of $100 million, while Mayweather reportedly earned $275 million.
Nevertheless McGregor said he was excited about the future.
“I’m not going to dwell on this victory, it’s back in the gym and back to work. Who is next doesn’t matter, the when is more interesting. The whole world lights up when I fight, so I want to get back out there again. Soon enough, we’ll see what happens.”
In the co-main event a rematch between former bantamweight champ Holly Holm and Raquel Pennington ended in the former taking a win at the hands of the judges.
Post fight Press Conference
UFC 246 Official Results
Conor McGregor def. Donald Cerrone
TKO at 40 seconds of R1
Holly Holm def. Raquel Pennington
Aleksei Oleinik def. Maurice Greene
Submission (arm bar) at 4:38 of R2
Brian Kelleher def. Ode Osbourne
Submission (guillotine choke) at 2:49 of R1
Diego Ferreira def. Anthony Pettis
Submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:46 of R2
Roxanne Modafferi def. Maycee Barber
Sodiq Yusuff def Andre Fili
Askar Askarov def. Tim Elliott
Drew Dober def. Nasrat Haqparast
TKO at 1:10 of R1
Aleksa Camur def. Justin Ledet
Sabina Mazo def. JJ Aldrich