Conor McGregor Returns With First Round Win

The Notorious Conor McGregor returned to the Octagon on Saturday night and recorded a first-round knockout out Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone!

Last weekend Conor McGregor made his much-awaited return to the UFC. The last time the Irishman fought was back in November 2018 when Khabib Nurmagomedov beat him in the fourth round.

After losing to the Russian, McGregor was actually suspended due to an after fight coming together with his cousin. This then lead to him having a break which was interspersed with run-ins with the Miami and Dublin police…

He confirmed late last year that he would be returning at UFC 246. His opponent, Cerrone, was also coming into this fight off the back of a defeat. He was beaten by Justin Gaethje in last September.

McGregor was the favourite for the fight, even though he hadn’t fought since 2018. He was priced at around 1/3 with most bookmakers, whilst Cowboy was at 2/1.

McGregor vs Cerrone – UFC 246

This fight was at welterweight, with McGregor coming up to face Cerrone. McGregor was giving the fans something to look forward by saying he was going to bring something special to the fight, and he did just that!

McGregor started the fight at hundred miles an hour go straight for Cerrone as soon as the bell went. He missed him with a punch but as Cerrone held on to him he used his shoulder and hit him three times with it. This is something we’ve not seen from the form two-division champion.

This seemed to shake Cerrone who it appeared after the fight had broken his nose from the shoulder strikes. Cerrone gathered himself and replied with a kick that McGregor returned, knocking Cowboy to the floor. With him now down, McGregor went to work and the referee eventually called it with the win going his way after just 40 seconds!

McGregor’s first-round win was a Paddy Power promo at 2/1. In winning he set a record to be the first fighter to record knockouts across three divisions.

Cowboy was rushed to hospital after the fight with a broken nose and facial fracture. This was the second time in his UFC career he has been beaten three times in a row, the first time that happened was in 2017.

What next for McGregor?

There are several proposed options now for McGregor. He said after the fight he isn’t back to his best yet and will get better for his next fight. In the welterweight division, he could go on to fight current champion Kamaru Usman or Jorge Masvidal. Paddy Power already has odds for the Masvidal fight with McGregor the “underdog” at 5/4.

Other options could be for McGregor to go and have a third and final fight with Nate Diaz. The two men have both won one each and this would be the final fight in the trilogy. McGregor has shown he is also keen to fight Khabib again. The two men have a long-standing feud and for them to fight each other again would be one of the biggest in UFC history.

Another option is a return to the boxing ring. There are rumours circulating that a McGregor vs Pacquiao fight could be on the cards. After his fight on Saturday finished, Mayweather took to Instagram to suggest he’d fight against the Irishman in the octagon.