Conor McGregor reminded everyone exactly what he is capable of on Saturday night at UFC 246.
The Irishman wasted no time in his first fight since October 2018 by attacking trying to take off Donald Cerrone’s head in the opening seconds.
Although ‘Cowboy’ managed to get McGregor in the clinch, that ended up being the start of his demise.
Repeated shoulder shots from ‘Notorious’ appeared to break his opponent’s nose within five seconds of the bout starting.
From there, Cerrone was in a world of trouble and clearly disorientated. McGregor followed that up with a high kick and it was elementary from there.
Cerrone, who was taken to hospital afterwards, offered no excuses and, during his post-fight interview, admitted McGregor’s strikes had caught him off-guard.
“He got me with his elbows right away and distorted me. Then he head-kicked me,” he said afterwards.
“I’ve never seen anything like that. He caught me way off guard. He busted my nose, it started bleeding, then he stepped back and head-kicked me.”
UFC president Dana White later confirmed he would talk to the 36-year-old ‘Cowboy’ about his future.
“He’s like the lighter version of Chuck Liddell. This is what the kid does. It’s what he does, it’s who he is.
“The not-so-fun part of the job is when you have to have these kind of conversations and ask him what he wants to do. I’d like to see him take a break.”
McGregor made $3 million for this outing at a base level and Cerrone reportedly took home $200,000, but the Irishman believes he will end up making around $80 million for this fight all things told.
Now, 2020 looks like it could be a massive year for McGregor with bouts against Masvidal and Khabib in the pipeline and now that his aura is restored, he will have options aplenty.