Saturday, 12 December 2015

UFC 194: Conor McGregor v Jose Aldo

The UFC just keeps on producing astonishing moments.

Conor McGregor produced an incredible one punch knockout 13 seconds into today’s world championship fight against Jose Aldo to claim the featherweight belt.
Conor McGregor lands the fight-ending blow.
Conor McGregor lands the fight-ending blow.
It was the fastest finish in UFC title history — bettering Ronda Rousey’s 14-second finish of Cat Zingano at UFC 184 in February — and the result will reverberate around the world in much the same way as Rousey’s defeat against Holly Holm last month.

What made this so remarkable was Aldo’s standing as the UFC’s number one rated pound for pound fighter. He had not been beaten in a decade.

But his championship reign came to a savage end as McGregor delivered a left hand right on the button.

“Again, nobody can take that left hand shot,” said McGregor, improving his record to 19-2.

“He’s powerful and he’s fast. But precision beats strength — and timing beats speed.”

Aldo (25-2) actually connected with a punch of his own as he fell to the canvas. But his lights were out. “He threw a cross on my chest which I wasn’t expecting and I threw a punch and he came back with another cross and that was that,” said Aldo, blood dripping from a cut on the bridge of his nose. “I think we need a rematch, it was really not a fight,”

The fight was one of the most highly anticipated bouts in UFC history because of Aldo’s long reign as champion and McGregor’s status as the sport’s biggest male star.

The pair were scheduled to do battle at UFC 189 in July this year, however Aldo withdrew from the card with an injured rib. McGregor was then forced to face Chad Mendes for the interim featherweight title.

Throughout the extended build-up, the pair exchanged numerous sledges, which came to a head during yesterday’s weigh-in when they had to be separated by UFC president Dana White.

McGregor had predicted that Aldo wouldn’t make it past the first round. He delivered on that prediction. “I feel for Jose, he was a phenomenal champion,” McGregor said. “We deserved to go a lot longer”

Continue reading for all the highlights and results from the rest of the crowd, including Luke Rockhold’s stunning performance against Chris Weidman.
McGregor stands over his fallen victim.Source:Twitter
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