With his victory over "the Cowboy" the Irishman claimed to be the first fighter in UFC history to win by Knockout in three different weight divisions. But is it a new record?
Conor made a return to the Octagon for the first time since he was mauled by Khabib Nurmagomedov back in October 2018. Much like the fight against Jose Aldo, Conor ended the fight in spectacular fashion in less than a minute.
The Irishman took the bout in just 40 seconds, connecting with a number of unique moves and finally put UFC veteran Donald Cerrone on the mat with a well-placed head kick. He was in control from there, reigning punches onto Cerrone leading to him taking the victory via TKO.
UFC 246 marked the Irishman’s first time fighting at featherweight since the 2015 victory over the Brazilian Aldo.
“I’m the first fighter in UFC history to secure a knockout victory at featherweight, lightweight and welterweight,” McGregor said. “I’m very, very happy. I’m very proud,” said McGregor.
An impressive feat and one that Conor will continue to force-feed us over the coming months. But is it true?
It turns out the current UFC middleweight Jared Cannonier already held the record. The Texan is a beast and a number KO wins at heavyweight, light-heavyweight and at 185 pounds. Cannonier has knocked out Cyril Asker back in 2016. He went on to knockout Nick Roehrick in the Ultimate Fighter Finale and more recently at middleweight, he knocked out David Branch, Anderson Silva and Jack Hermansson.
His first win in 15 months and he will now have a number of matchups to choose from for his next fight, with fighters like Nate Diaz and Justin Gaethje already calling him out.
His record now stands at 22-4, including 19 knockouts.
Conor’s technique and aggression inside the Octagon are well-suited to knocking out his opponents. He boasts a broad range of strikes and unorthodox ways of attacking his opponents. We saw the Dubliner connect with a number of shoulders to the face from the clinch, which appeared to rock Cerrone.