Watch: Conor McGregor gets emotional after TKO win [video]
Irish UFC fighter, Conor McGregor, took about 40 seconds to kick the lights out of Cowboy Cerrone and reclaim his seat at the top of the MMA league.
The return of the Notorious
15 months ago, when he received a humbling from Khabib Nurmagomedov, the UFC world had cast Conor McGregor out as a fallen star.
At the pre-match conferences, he was not his usual ‘notorious’ self. A respectable Conor McGregor was not the lightning personality that took the UFC by storm all those years ago.
However, his return to the ring on Saturday night proved that perceptions can, at times, be misleading.
In a matter of seconds, 00:40 by the referee’s count, Conor McGregor knocked the daisies out of Cowboy Cerrone.
How Conor McGregor defeated Cerrone in seconds
The 31-year-old’s left foot connected with Cerrone’s head, causing a mild concussion. Noticing that Cerrone was barely conscious, McGregor went into full beast mode, giving him no time to recover.
The Irishman rushed to his opponent and pinned him down with hard-slinging punches before the referee saw it necessary to intervene.
In a span of 40 seconds, Notorious was back!
His post-match conference teased the return of the Notorious, as he boasted about his ‘historic’ victory.
“I’m the first fighter in UFC history to secure a knockout victory at featherweight, lightweight and welterweight,” he claimed.
ESPN got a moment to chat with McGregor and gage his thoughts about his exceptional performance.
The Irishman was barely able to contain his emotions as everything that had occurred moments before had finally caught up with him.
His momentous victory garnered the support of Los Angeles Lakers star, LeBron James, who took to Twitter to congratulate the notorious champ.
The brewing bromance between the two is admirable, to say the least. Prior to his fight, McGregor had revealed that King James is the reason why he has managed to compete at a high level for so many years, citing the LA Lakers star’ workout regimen as inspirational.
This is McGregor’s first victory since November 2016.