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

11:55  19 january  2020
11:55  19 january  2020 Source:   sportsnet.ca

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.

With the win over Cerrone , the 31-year-old McGregor is now the first fighter in UFC history to earn a knockout victory in the featherweight, lightweight and welterweight divisions. And he made sure everyone knew it, announcing his record to the crowd in his post- fight interview with Joe Rogan.

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 doing a trick on a stage: mcgregor-ufc-246© John Locher/AP mcgregor-ufc-246

The emotion Conor McGregor expressed in the centre of the octagon said it all.

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.

After taking time away from the UFC to deal with problems inside and outside of the cage, McGregor’s victory could not been a better result for the UFC considering the fanfare attached to him.

Wasting no time

If you bet the under in this fight, McGregor didn’t disappoint unless you paid to watch it on pay per-view. It took the Irishman only 40 seconds before referee Herb Dean called for the bell after he relentlessly pounded on Cerrone after knocking him down with a perfect kick.

Conor McGregor holds all the UFC cards after comeback win

  Conor McGregor holds all the UFC cards after comeback win LAS VEGAS — After three years without a victory, Conor McGregor needed only 40 seconds to reclaim his place at the centre of the mixed martial arts world. McGregor's dynamic stoppage of Donald Cerrone in UFC 246 on Saturday night put the Irish superstar firmly in control of the future of two UFC divisions. Every elite lightweight and welterweight will practically beg for his shot against a fighter who still commands the world's attention likeMcGregor's dynamic stoppage of Donald Cerrone in UFC 246 on Saturday night put the Irish superstar firmly in control of the future of two UFC divisions.

In the main event of UFC 246 on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena, McGregor laid waste to Cerrone in 40 seconds, delighting the standing-room only crowd with a brilliant A McGregor win was huge for the UFC , especially since it was so quick, because he could come back to fight again as soon as March.

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.

This was not the quickest victory for McGregor. He defeated Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds at UFC 194 in 2015, which ended Aldo’s 10-year unbeaten streak and was also the fastest win in a title fight.

The UFC record for the shortest bout belongs to Jorge Masvidal who earned the fastest knockout at UFC 239 when he caught Ben Askren with a flying knee just five seconds into the fight.

Making history

With the win over Cerrone, the 31-year-old McGregor is now the first fighter in UFC history to earn a knockout victory in the featherweight, lightweight and welterweight divisions.

And he made sure everyone knew it, announcing his record to the crowd in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan.

Not only was the victory a big accomplishment for McGregor but the UFC also rewarded five performances of the night to McGregor, Carlos Diego Ferreira, Brian Kelleher, Aleksei Oleinik and Drew Dober. Each fighter took home a $50,000 prize.

McGregor calling for his next fight

Whether it’s Masvidal, Nate Diaz or Khabib Nurmagomedov, McGregor is ready for his next fight.

It’s tough to say where Dana White will go with the next event involving McGregor but it’s tough to expect McGregor to get a shot at the welterweight title currently being held by Kamaru Usman. The UFC president made it known that he would also want McGregor to have a rematch with Nurmagomedov, who handily beat McGregor in 2018.

It would probably make more sense to expect McGregor to fight Masvidal, which could involve the BMF title.

This is something McGregor also pointed out in his post-fight interview, calling out both champions and letting them know he is keeping an eye on them. Usman has said he has no interest in fighting Masvidal.

Some might want to see McGregor take on Diaz for the third time but it’s tough to say whether he has any desire to fight again — especially against McGregor — although his latest tweets might suggest otherwise.

Reaction on social media

Of course, with a fighter of McGregor’s calibre the reaction to his victory on social media matched the hype of the fight, as many stars posted congratulations to the UFC star on his triumphant return.

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Tough night for Cowboy

The winningest fighter in UFC had a rough night and on the big stage against McGregor it will be a tough one to recover from.

Cerrone’s last two fights have been ended early because of how much damage he took. While the 36-year-old will get a lot of criticism for his approach to this fight, he should still be recognized for his commitment to taking on a busier schedule and for being as consistent as he has been in the last few years.

There was also a nice moment when his grandmother came into the octagon to congratulate both fighters.

Usman would entertain McGregor fight if he 'beats someone pretty high up' .
Kamaru Usman seems to be warming up to the idea of a fight with Conor McGregor. The UFC welterweight champion said he would be willing to square off with the Irishman, but only if he proves himself as a worthy contender in the division. "Conor doesn’t even really make sense. Sure, if he comes in the division and beats someone pretty high up there and really makes the case for himself that he can really handle himself in the division, then absolutely I would entertain that fight," Usman told MMA Fighting's Damon Martin.When McGregor hinted last month he wanted to win a UFC belt in a third weight class, Usman initially brushed off the potential matchup.

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