#UFC246: Conor McGregor Beats Donald Cerrone in 40 Seconds 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” Cerrone in just 40 seconds in Las Vegas.

McGregor cracked Donald Cerrone to the chin with a left head kick in the opening seconds of their UFC 246 main event fight Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena.

Two of UFC’s most popular fighters went toe to toe in the main event at the T-Mobile Arena.

But referee Herb Dean stepped in and waved off the contest inside a minute after a series of blows from McGregor.

“I made history tonight. I set a new record. I’m the first fighter in UFC history to secure knockout victories at featherweight, at lightweight and now at welterweight – across three weight divisions, so I’m very proud of that,” said McGregor.

Afterward, he knelt in the center of the Octagon and put his head in his palms. Then he grabbed the Irish flag from his team, paraded around the cage with it and then climbed the cage to celebrate further.

He had not won inside the UFC’s octagon since capturing his second UFC world title in November 2016, and was submitted in four rounds by undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in October 2018.

“I like this [welterweight] division,” McGregor said afterward in his post-fight interview in the Octagon. “I feel really good. But I came out of here unscathed. I’m in shape. We’ve got work to do to get back to where I was.”

On a potential next opponent, vintage McGregor came out — not the respectful one we saw all week.

“Any one of these fools can get it,” McGregor said. “All of them. Every single one. It does not matter.”

McGregor had said earlier in the week that he would look to “acquire rounds” against the American, but he showed no such patience as he came storming out of his corner and threw a huge left hand right from the very start that signalled his intent to claim a fast finish.

To start the bout, McGregor came forward with a huge winging left hand. Cerrone ducked it and the two men went into a clinch. From there, McGregor hit Cerrone with his shoulder and his elbow, which Cerrone said surprised him and busted him up early. McGregor then landed a knee, and upon the separation from the clinch, McGregor caught “Cowboy” with a kick to the chin.

“The amount of records that man has, but one of the records he holds (is) the most head-kick knockouts. I’m so happy to be able to get him down with a head kick myself. So I’m very happy and proud tonight,” said McGregor.

“The UFC, they can strip fighters and give to other fighters make-believe belts in order to replicate my champ-champ status. But they can’t give knockout victories across multiple weight divisions, so there you go again. Etch my name in history one more time.

“I like this weight division. I feel really good. God willing, I came out of here unscathed, I’m in shape. I don’t believe I’m there yet, though. I’ve still got work to do to get back to where I was.”

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