Sports White 'blown away' by McGregor's UFC 246 performance

11:55  19 january  2020
11:55  19 january  2020 Source:   thescore.com

McGregor: No bad blood with Cerrone ahead of UFC 246

  McGregor: No bad blood with Cerrone ahead of UFC 246 Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone shook hands at the start of the UFC 246 pre-fight press conference. That was the first hint there's no bitterness between the two ahead of Saturday's welterweight bout in Las Vegas. "I have respect for Donald," McGregor said Wednesday evening. "He has earned my respect through his activity and through just observing him. He steps up. He goes through divisions also - not many a man in the business does that. He'sThat was the first hint there's no bitterness between the two ahead of Saturday's welterweight bout in Las Vegas.

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Conor McGregor returned to the octagon in style at UFC 246 as he beat American fan favourite Donald 'Cowboy' Two of UFC ' s most popular fighters went toe to toe in the main event at the T-Mobile Arena. McGregor walks away after his quickfire victory over Cerrone. McGregor surged to MMA

Conor McGregor holding his hands up© Steve Marcus / Getty Images Sport / Getty

UFC president Dana White was more than impressed by Conor McGregor's 40-second TKO of Donald Cerrone in the UFC 246 main event Saturday night in Las Vegas.

"I was blown away," White said at the post-fight press conference. "He looked unbelievable."

Despite the fact that Cerrone entered on a two-fight losing streak, White brushed off the notion that McGregor may have won due to the fact that "Cowboy" is past his prime.

"I know that there's always critics and there's always somebody who has an opinion. People are gonna say that Cowboy was shot, which is total bulls***," White said. "Conor McGregor came out, he looked fast, he hit hard, he had a gameplan, and he finished a real tough kid who came to win."

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

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

Conor McGregor exploded back into the Octagon after more than a year away from the UFC with a 40-second knockout of Donald Cerrone in the main event of UFC 246 . Fans of the Irish superstar couldn't have asked for a more impressive performance from McGregor . But what does McGregor ' s victory

Conor McGregor needed less than one minute to walk through Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone with a devastating first round TKO in the UFC 246 main event. After 15 months away , the former two-division champion needed just 40 seconds to walk through Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in the UFC 246

Ahead of his return, McGregor made it clear he wants to win titles at both 155 and 170 pounds. White initially shot down the idea of "The Notorious" continuing in the welterweight division after his bout versus Cerrone, but after seeing McGregor win in the fashion he did, White has changed his mind.

"You won't hear another peep out of me about (McGregor) fighting at 170," White said.

Saturday marked a return to the winner's circle for McGregor, as the 31-year-old hadn't posted a victory in the octagon since November 2016. The last time McGregor competed in the cage was his infamous loss to 155-pound champ Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018.

The Irishman plans to fight at least twice more in 2020 and is targeting a rematch against Nurmagomedov, as well as 170-pound bouts against 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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