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Sports McGregor destroys Cerrone with 1st-round TKO at UFC 246

10:35  19 january  2020
10:35  19 january  2020 Source:   thescore.com

What's at stake for McGregor, Cerrone at UFC 246

  What's at stake for McGregor, Cerrone at UFC 246 Saturday's UFC 246 main event is crucial for Conor McGregor and Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone. Here's what's at stake for the two welterweights when they clash in Las Vegas. Conor McGregor His popularity Beating Cerrone is necessary if McGregor wants to remain the most popular fighter in the sport. McGregor's brand right now isn't exactly where it was when he held two UFC belts four years ago. After a historic run from 2015-16 in which he won the featherweight and lightweight titles, the Irishman sat on the sidelines for the better part of the last three years while dealing with numerous legal troubles.

Conor McGregor wins by first - round TKO ! Round 1. McGregor explodes from his corner at the bell and uncoils a massive left hand that just misses the target. Now McGregor wastes no time in hammering Cerrone with a couple of shoulder strikes out of the clinch and Cerrone is already

McGregor scores first - round TKO at UFC 246 – as it happened. Former two-division champion returns from inactive stretch. McGregor stopped Donald Cerrone with a head kick and punches 40 seconds into the first round at UFC 246 on Saturday night, announcing his return to mixed martial arts with his

Conor McGregor et al. standing next to a fence© Jeff Bottari / UFC / Getty

"The Notorious" is back.

Conor McGregor triumphantly returned in the UFC 246 main event, defeating Donald Cerrone by first-round TKO on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

The stoppage came 40 seconds into the opening frame. McGregor attacked "Cowboy" right when the bell sounded, and it didn't take long for the former UFC two-division champion to land some serious blows.

He connected with several shoulder strikes to daze Cerrone, then followed up with a head kick and flying knee. The barrage from McGregor put the 36-year-old down, and referee Herb Dean promptly needed to intervene.

With the win, McGregor is the first fighter in UFC history to hold a knockout victory at featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

5 moments that defined McGregor’s triumphant win over Cerrone at UFC 246

  5 moments that defined McGregor’s triumphant win over Cerrone at UFC 246 In his first UFC victory since Nov. 12, 2016, “The Notorious” Conor McGregor was back on top Saturday night after defeating Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone at UFC 246 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The post After Hours: Quinn Hughes talks NHL nicknames, and the Calder race appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.In his first UFC victory since Nov. 12, 2016, “The Notorious” one was back on top Saturday night after defeating Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone at UFC 246 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Conor McGregor beat Donald Cerrone on his UFC comeback fightCredit: Getty Images - Getty. Cerrone was sent reeling backwards and The Notorious sensed his opening to close the show. After sinking in a signature left hand Cowboy was dropped and McGregor hammered away with heavy

UFC president Dana White breaks down the main event at UFC 246 with Brett Okamoto, where Conor McGregor defeats Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone by TKO in 40 seconds.

McGregor hadn't competed in the Octagon since UFC 229 in October 2018, when lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov dominated him. Before Saturday, the Irishman's last victory came way back in November 2016.

The loss extends Cerrone's skid to three straight defeats. He entered the McGregor bout coming off TKO losses to Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje.

Cerrone is one of the most accomplished fighters in UFC history who hasn't won a championship. He holds the records for most fights, wins, and finishes.

McGregor, the UFC's most popular fighter ever, plans to fight at least twice more in 2020. He's targeting a rematch versus Nurmagomedov, and tilts against UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and BMF titleholder Jorge Masvidal.

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Gaethje thinks McGregor may fight him: 'He has more confidence now' .
Justin Gaethje thinks Conor McGregor may be more willing to fight him after the Irishman got back on track at UFC 246. "Ultimately, that dude makes his own decisions," Gaethje said during an appearance on the "Punchlines Podcast" earlier this week. "I think he has more confidence now. He needed a win. So yeah, I think maybe he'll fight me now." McGregor finished Donald Cerrone 40 seconds into their pay-per-view headliner Saturday night in Las Vegas. It was his first fight since October 2018 and first win since November 2016.

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