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The past three-plus years have been tumultuous, though still lucrative for the Irishman, with big fights against Floyd Mayweather in boxing and his blood feud with Nurmagomedov in the UFC. McGregor said the UFC can strip his titles -- which it has done twice before due to inactivity defending them -- but cannot take away those records. "Etch my name in history one more time," said McGregor, who also has the third-most knockouts or TKOs among fighters at 170 pounds or lighter with eight.. "For the Irish people. Sitemap "He looked unbelievable. "I'm gonna keep fighting.". Soon enough, we'll see what happens.". Terms of Use Pacquiao hasn’t fought since his split decision with Keith Thurman in July 2019. Get the latest odds on all the top sports. Your Ad Choices Your California Privacy Rights But first he had to deal with a very game Cerrone. For McGregor, it was a chance to reestablish himself in the sport following a loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018 (his previous fight) and a 2019 rife with outside-the-cage issues. MMA Power Rankings: Is Adesanya, McGregor or Khabib No. LAS VEGAS -- Everyone was looking for Conor McGregor's left hand. It's back in the gym and back to work. Connor is a surname! McGregor was the headliner in three of the top five gates. “He’s gonna be handling business against Dustin first, but Conor’s come out and said he wants to fight Manny. "I love the sport," Cerrone said afterward. "I'm not going to dwell on this victory. "Any one of these fools can get it," McGregor said. As Cowboy noted earlier this week, it doesn't get much bigger than a McGregor fight in Las Vegas. In his comeback fight, McGregor was victorious via TKO in just 40 seconds. Manny’s come out and said he wants to fight Conor. For my mom back home.". Cerrone ducked it, and the two men went into a clinch. Conor McGregor made a resounding return to the Octagon, finishing Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone in just 40 seconds of the first round Saturday night at UFC 246. The whole world lights up when I fight, so I want to get back out there again. McGregor (22-4) had not won a fight since he stopped Eddie Alvarez in the first round on Nov. 12, 2016, to win the lightweight title at UFC 205. Sam Darnold flops in possible final straw for Jets head coach, Mike Tyson smoked weed before boxing return: 'I can't stop', 53 best Black Friday 2020 deals you can still shop now, Oprah's favorite 'ultra-flattering' Spanx pants are on sale for Black Friday, Lululemon discounts leggings and more for Black Friday deals, Everlane Black Friday 2020 deals take up to 40 percent off select styles, D.C. detective killed by wife in murder-suicide. Afterward, McGregor knelt in the center of the Octagon and put his head in his palms. UFC 246 results, analysis: Holm grinds out tough win over Pennington. To start the bout Saturday night, McGregor came forward with a huge, winging left hand. Who is next doesn't matter, the 'when' is more interesting. McGregor said he was keeping his options open for his next fight and wanted to stay active. Thanks for contacting us. The UFC president hasn’t publicly expressed interest in scheduling a boxing match between McGregor and Pacquiao. Privacy Notice Cerrone (36-14, 1 NC) has lost three straight fights, also getting finished by top lightweights Justin Gaethje and Tony Ferguson. It does not matter.". I knew this is what Donald would have been envisioning. Cerrone went down to his knees, and McGregor continued the onslaught until referee Herb Dean called off the bout and ruled it a TKO. He noted that he now has finishes in three UFC divisions -- featherweight, lightweight and welterweight. He has the most wins (23) and the most finishes (16) in UFC history, among other records. Listen on Apple Podcasts | Spotify, Jalen Rose: Renaissance Man "I'm excited about the future," McGregor said afterward. "I feel really good. Cerrone, 36, is known for his exciting striking style and vowed to keep it standing against McGregor rather than take it to the ground, where he might have an advantage. But I came out of here unscathed. McGregor is the most popular fighter in UFC history, the promotion's biggest money mover and the former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion. UFC 246 drew 19,040 to T-Mobile Arena for a gate of $11,089,129.30, the fourth highest in UFC history. The end came soon after. “That is a fight that we’re definitely going to make because both fighters want it, and there seems to be interest from the fans all around the world.”. "All of them. 15,426, THE BEST INSIGHTS FROM THE ULTIMATE INSIDERS, Blue Rush: A NY Giants Podcast 31,961, This story has been shared 15,426 times. We've received your submission. Cerrone, meanwhile, is one of the most active and successful fighters of all time. UFC president Dana White said he was "blown away" by how McGregor looked as a welterweight. Listen on Apple Podcasts | Spotify, Gang's All Here: A NY Jets Podcast Cerrone was wobbled, and McGregor pounced. A return to boxing seems inevitable for Conor McGregor — unless Dana White has something to say about it. “Conor has a fight Jan. 23 against Dustin Poirier,” Attar told Bloomberg. Afterward, Cerrone was transported to the hospital for precautionary reasons because of injuries to his head and face. If you're set on only the two options you've given, then Connor wins, conner is just mis-spelled! Do Not Sell My Personal Information. 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He won't hear another peep from me about fighting at 170," White said. For more UFC, sign up here for ESPN+ http://plus.espn.com/ufc. 1, Just like that, Conor McGregor is back in control. Listen on Apple Podcasts | Spotify, © 2020 NYP Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved When McGregor unleashed a slew of tweets discussing fights that never came to fruition in September despite being retired, White threatened to sue Pacquiao and Paradigm. But at the same time I know that Donald has many discrepancies in his game, with the leans and dips under certain attacks that can also set him up for the high kick. He was later released. With a rematch against Dustin Poirier set … His manager, Audie Attar of Paradigm Sports Management, expects McGregor to fight boxing champion Manny Pacquiao – whom Attar also represents – because he knows the two want to fight. The rematch between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier is a go, according to UFC President Dana White.. White said the two will rematch on Jan. 23 with contracts a done deal “as far as I … Post was not sent - check your email addresses! The New Mexico resident was on a three-fight winning streak and closing in on a title shot before that. Last year, McGregor pleaded guilty to punching an older man at a Dublin bar, and the New York Times reported he is the subject of two alleged sexual assault investigations in his native Ireland. But Cerrone had never been in a pay-per-view main event until Saturday night and has no UFC titles to his name. "He looked fast, he looked sharp, he looked strong. It has nothing to do with Cowboy being shot or anything like that.". It was all about Conor. In talking about a potential next opponent, McGregor, who had been noticeably more respectful in the lead-up to Saturday's fight, was back to being brash.