Conor McGregor returned to the octagon in style at UFC 246. The Notorious beat American Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in just 40 seconds in Las Vegas.
After 15 months away from MMA, and more than three years from his most recent win… Irishman came out on top after one of the most spectacular performances of his career.
McGregor charged forward and missed with a left hand, but a knee grazed Cerrone, and then a pair of shoulders thrown by McGregor may have broken Cerrone’s nose straight away.
“I changed levels and came up into it – it was a good shot,” McGregor said. “I made history here tonight. I’m the first fighter in UFC history to secure knockouts (in three divisions) at featherweight, lightweight and welterweight.”
“The amount of records that man has, but one of the records he holds [is] the most head-kick knockouts. I’m so happy to be able to get him down with a head kick myself. So I’m very happy and proud tonight,” said McGregor.
— UFC (@ufc) January 19, 2020
“The UFC, they can strip fighters and give to other fighters make-believe belts in order to replicate my champ-champ status. But they can’t give knockout victories across multiple weight divisions, so there you go again. Etch my name in history one more time.
“I like this weight division. I feel really good. God willing, I came out of here unscathed, I’m in shape. I don’t believe I’m there yet, though. I’ve still got work to do to get back to where I was.”
— UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) January 19, 2020