Conor McGregor has made a remarkable return to the UFC after two years away. In his first fight in 15 months, the Irishman dominated his opponent Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in a mere 40 seconds of the first round, earning a clean TKO and his second-fastest career win.
The fight began with a grapple, followed by three shoulders from McGregor, which all landed on Cerrone’s face. Throwing his opponent off, McGregor went for the finish, stepping back and launching a devastating left head kick, marking to beginning of the end for Cowboy. The rest was just McGregor atop a fallen Cerrone, throwing a flurry of punches before the ref stopped the fight.
“I made history here tonight,” said McGregor. “I’m the first fighter to secure a victory at featherweight, lightweight and now welterweight. Donald holds the record for head-kick knockouts and to get him down with a head kick, I’m very happy.” He continued to say that he may be staying in the weight division a little longer: “I’m very happy,” he said. “I like this weight division. It feels really good. You’re going to see a lot of me here.”
McGregor has previously stated that he could be fighting three times this year, eyeing Tony Ferguson and a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov. Those two are scheduled to fight over the latter’s lightweight belt at UFC 249.
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?? @TheNotoriousMMA’s fight purse:
? $3,000,000 for the fight.
⏱ 40-second knockout.
? $75,000 earned per second. pic.twitter.com/zvRt5aOybV
— SPORF (@Sporf) January 19, 2020
— Will 郭 (@GuoBlue) January 19, 2020
— Jeff D Oscars Szn (@JeffDLowe) January 19, 2020
Anddddddddddd Conor McGregor is BACK. GG Cerrone pic.twitter.com/fXkAuNmSXj
— Rob Lopez (@r0bato) January 19, 2020
Conor McGregor is back.
He finishes Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone just 40 seconds into the 1st round.
It was the 2nd-fastest win of McGregor’s UFC career. pic.twitter.com/W5hCRbFQrx
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 19, 2020
He is without doubt , the biggest star in MMA history – Mcgregor 3.0 has arrived ! pic.twitter.com/k7xMsQpraM
— Rawmmanews (@rawmmanews) January 19, 2020
— Brendan Schaub (@BrendanSchaub) January 19, 2020