EVENT: Conor McGregor Knocks Out Jose Aldo in 13 Seconds for the UFC Featherweight Title
Monster Energy’s MMA Irish superstar and now undisputed UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor elevated himself yet again Saturday night with a record-breaking 13-second knock-out victory over the greatest featherweight fighter in MMA history to date, Jose Aldo, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Regarded as the ‘fight of the year’ that fans have been waiting for since UFC 189 where Aldo was injured and pulled out, McGregor more than lived up to his blatant declared greatness by quickly dispatching of Aldo, a dominant champion who was undefeated for 10 years, taking the biggest win of his career.
A year's worth of verbal warfare was resolved in seconds as McGregor bested “Rowdy” Ronda’s 14-second title fight finish, sliding away from Aldo’s charging right hand and connecting with a pinpoint left to the face, which dropped the Brazilian kingpin flat – a couple hammerfists sealed the deal as Big John McCarthy called off the fight in front of a frenzied partisan Irish crowd.
The now unified UFC featherweight champion McGregor famously predicted a first-round knock out, and delivered in uncanny fashion, claiming afterword “Aldo’s a phenomenal warrior and champion - but timing beats speed, and precision beats power every time.”
“Conor’s UFC 194 display of talent, confidence, and calm on the World stage was awe inspiring,” said Cody Dresser, Senior Director of Action Sports, Monster Energy. “He talked the talk, and walked the walk, and transcended the sport to a household name tonight!”
UFC 194 is the second highest live gate earning $10.1 million and is tracking to be the highest dollar PPV in UFC history, which leaves McGregor with several fight options: Defend his featherweight title, possibly at Croke Park, Ireland against Frankie Edgar who KO’d Chad Mendes in tremendous fashion during round one of their clash Friday night, or move up to lightweight and fight the winner of UFC Fight Night Dos Anos vs. Cerrone on December 19th.
Whichever path he chooses, one thing is for certain, this young champion’s trajectory is going up, and he’s made his intentions clear – to be a dual-weight champion at both featherweight and lightweight.
“If I go to the lightweight division, there's no way in hell I'm vacating that belt, said McGregor. “I'll have one on one shoulder and one on the other.
McGregor has been a dominate force in MMA collecting 19 pro wins out of 21 fights total and skyrocketed to fame on the UFC since his debut in 2013. McGregor is one of Monster Energy’s elite MMA athletes along with Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey, Chris “All-American” Weidman, Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, Johny “Bigg Rigg’ Hendricks, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Rory MacDonald, Cain Velasquez, Daniel Cormier and Dominick Cruz.