LAS VEGAS — Everyone was looking for Conor McGregor‘s left hand. Instead, it was his left leg.
McGregor cracked Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone to the chin with a left head kick in the opening seconds of their UFC 246 main event fight Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena. The end came soon after. In his comeback fight, McGregor was victorious via TKO in just 40 seconds.
It marked the second-fastest win of McGregor’s career, the quickest being his 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo in December 2015.
Afterward, McGregor knelt in the center of the Octagon and put his head in his palms. Then, he grabbed the Irish flag from his team, paraded around with it and climbed the cage to celebrate further.
The so-called experts of the game when they break down my skill-set, they say I’m just a fighter with a left hand, which is highly disrespectful and uneducated,” McGregor said.
“I knew he was planning to knock me out with a head kick. I knew this is what Donald would have been envisioning. … 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. So the high kick was something I thought I could catch him with, also.”