When Conor McGregor is on form, he looks simply unbeatable.
The Irish maverick has become the face of UFC in recent years and sought to make history this weekend against Eddie Alvarez. He did just that.
In front of a baying crowd at New York’s Madison Square Garden, the 28-year-old took the victory via a second round knockout. It saw McGregor become the first fighter to hold two UFC titles at once.
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The fight was one-way traffic from the start. McGregor came into the fight with a five-inch reach advantage over his American rival and took full advantage.
The Notorious had Alvarez on the canvas three times in the first round alone, but he managed to fight his way free every time.
Nevertheless, McGregor could smell blood and his confidence was exemplified by showboating at the start of the second round.
While there were signs of Alvarez edging back into the tie, such suspicions were quickly slashed with a devastating knockout combination.
Four consecutive punches from the Notorious, including two emphatic blows to the face, saw his 32-year-old opponent stumble to the ground.
A further barrage of swings all but ended the clash and necessitated intervention from the referee. The full knockout can be seen here:
Therefore, as seen above, McGregor wasn’t taking any prisoners and dispatched the man four years his senior. While many had tipped the Irishman for victory, the scarily swift nature of the win will serve to surprise.
The bottom line though, is that the Notorious has made history with his victory.
McGregor had entered the fight as the reigning featherweight champion, only to topple the lightweight titleholder under the lights of New York. Not only has he bagged his second belt, but in worryingly emphatic fashion.
The man himself explained after the fight: “Not one bit was surprising, they are not at my level.
"They have got to have size, reach, length, you have got to have some attributes. If you come in any way equal to me I am going to rip your head off, it happens every time.
"Eddie is a solid competitor, Eddie is a warrior, but he shouldn't have been in here with me and that's just the truth of it.
"It has never been done before. Everything I have dreamed is a reality.”
In more ways than one it was classic McGregor. The most famous man in UFC has pulled the rabbit out the hat again and marked it in a typically sincere manner.
Oh, and it was quite some knockout.
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