UFC 194 : McGregor talk’s the talk, walk’s the walk

After all the months of hype, smack talk, ridiculous Connor McGregor promos and behind the scenes vignettes… it took only 13 seconds for the unstoppable Irishman to lay his claim to the undisputed UFC featherweight title and end Jose Aldo’s 10 year unbeaten streak with a devastating left hand counter to the chin. The fight recap for this one is simple folks. Aldo and Mcgregor meet, circle, Aldo throws a combination, and McGregor drops him like a sack of (Irish) potatoes, fight over the meteoric rise of Connor McGregor continues, a new UFC poster child is born!!! The only person happier following the fight than McGregor, or the massive contingent of insane Irish Fans who serenaded Connor from start to finish, was UFC President Dana White.

His ascension to the top now officially complete after demolishing Jose Aldo, White and the UFC can market a ridiculously skilled, fresh , new, exciting fighter who’s amazing ability inside the octagon is equaled by his ability outside it, where he is a promoters dream given his ability to get under opponents skin and seemingly make every fight he is in a personal one. Basically , he talks smack like no other fighter in the history of the UFC, calls the round he is going to knock guys out in, and manages to back it up every time! It really is insane what McGregor has been able to accomplish in his short UFC career. 7 wins, 6 by knockout, all 6 coming in the first or second round. His knockout of Jose Aldo being the fastest knockout in UFC title fight history. His career record now sits at 19-2 (15 in a row) , with a ridiculous 17 of his wins coming by knockout. His defeat of Aldo was even more impressive considering Jose has rarely even been in a bad spot in his entire UFC/WEC tenure, never been knocked out in his career, and has not suffered a defeat since 2005.

Time will tell who Dana White decides to match McGregor up with moving forward. Aldo may ask for an immediate rematch or Frankie Edgar may get his crack at the title after his decimation of Chad Mendes in equally impressive fashion Friday night. But one thing is for sure. Which ever path the UFC chooses, Connor Mcgregor has the ability to be the biggest star in the history of MMA. That includes Ronda Rousey or Chuck Lidell or anyone else. With his frame he also has the ability to fight a 155 pounds (McGregor himself has already made it known he wants a crack at the 155 pound title at some point soon) and he has the charisma, gift of gab, skill set and drive to surpass the heights of his predecessors and propel himself into the main stream at a completely new level for a UFC fighter. Every fight he is involved in is electric, every press conference he takes part in is entertaining. At this point, the sky is the limit. Everything is falling into place perfectly for the notorious one. He just needs to keep on winning. Keep on talking, and keep on winning.

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UFC 194 Official Results

Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor — McGregor def. Aldo by KO (punches) at 0:13 of Round One
Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold — Rockhold def. Weidman by TKO (punches) at 3:12 of Round Four
Yoel Romero vs. Ronaldo Souza — Romero def. Souza by split decision (29-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Demian Maia vs. Gunnar Nelson — Maia def. Nelson by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-25 x2)
Max Holloway vs. Jeremy Stephens — Holloway def. Stephens by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Urijah Faber vs. Frankie Saenz — Faber def. Saenz by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Tecia Torres vs. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger — Torres def. Jones-Lybarger by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Warlley Alves vs. Colby Covington — Alves def. Covington by submission (guillotine) at 1:26 of Round One
Kevin Lee vs. Leonardo Santos — Santos def. Lee by TKO (punches) at 3:26 of Round One
Magomed Mustafaev vs. Joe Proctor — Mustafaev def. Proctor by TKO (knees and punches) at 1:54 of Round One
John Makdessi vs. Yancy Medeiros — Medeiros def. Makdessi by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Marcio Alexandre Jr. vs. Court McGee — McGee def. Alexandre by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)

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UFC 194 post-fight bonuses:

Fight of the Night — Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold

Performance of the Night — Conor McGregor

Performance of the Night — Leonardo Santos

Each fighter will received $50,000 extra for their performances in addition to their base salaries, which the Nevada State Athletic Commission (ASC) will disclose as some point later in the week.

– Keith Farrell