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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

Cerrone: McGregor's shoulder strikes 'threw me way off guard'

  Cerrone: McGregor's shoulder strikes 'threw me way off guard' Donald Cerrone says he was stunned by Conor McGregor's unorthodox attacks at UFC 246. "Cowboy" lost to McGregor by TKO in 40 seconds in the welterweight main event Saturday night in Las Vegas. McGregor blitzed Cerrone as soon as the opening bell sounded, landing several shoulder strikes - quite uncommon in MMA - and following up with a head kick and a barrage of punches. "I had never seen anything like that," Cerrone said of McGregor's shoulder"Cowboy" lost to McGregor by TKO in 40 seconds in the welterweight main event Saturday night in Las Vegas.

McGregor scores first - round TKO at UFC 246 – as it happened. Former two-division champion returns from inactive stretch. Conor 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

Conor McGregor speaks with ESPN MMA’s Ariel Helwani after knocking out Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 246 in Las Vegas. “The Notorious” credits hard work

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.

Masvidal favored to be McGregor's next opponent

  Masvidal favored to be McGregor's next opponent The odds have been released for who Conor McGregor will fight next, and Jorge Masvidal is at the top of the list. "Gamebred" opened as a -200 favorite to serve as McGregor's next opponent following the Irishman's win over Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 on Saturday in Las Vegas. McGregor and Masvidal have recently expressed interest in squaring off with each other. For a potential bout, Masvidal opened as a -165 favorite over McGregor, who's listed at"Gamebred" opened as a -200 favorite to serve as McGregor's next opponent following the Irishman's win over Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Conor McGregor talks backstage with Megan Olivi about his knockout victory over Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone at UFC 246 and what could possibly be next.

CONOR McGREGOR marked his UFC return with an emphatic 40 second knockout against Donald Cerrone . The Irishman had 'Cowboy' in a After McGregor sunk in a signature left hand Cerrone was dropped and it was just a matter of time until the show was closed. As Cowboy was curled up with his

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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Masvidal 'moving on' from McGregor: He 'doesn't want the fight' .
Jorge Masvidal is no longer set on fighting Conor McGregor. The UFC welterweight contender said he's still interested but doesn't believe McGregor is. "I'm moving on from that fight," Masvidal said Monday during "Ariel Helwani's MMA Show." "This dude doesn't want the fight. I'm not here to bully him." Masvidal said he's now focused on a potential meeting with welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. UFC president Dana White said Saturday that Usman versus Masvidal is the fight to make."I guess it's Usman's head," Masvidal said. "(McGregor has) sealed Usman's fate now. This guy doesn't want to f------ fight, man. Leave him be. ...

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