It was an easy night's work in the end for Conor McGregor in his return to UFC.
The Irishman took less than a minute to stop Donald Cerrone and put his name right back on the map ahead of a planned busy 2020 for himself.
A head-kick very early on stunned and rocked 'Cowboy', before numerous punches afterwards all-but ended the bout in dramatic fashion.
It was clear the head-rock caused all kinds of problems for Cerrone, and it was very clear he wasn't the same after it.
McGregor sensed that, too, and made the most of it.
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He rushed over to his opponent to not give him time to recover and he finished him off in style.
Punches in bunches whilst the American was on the mat, and it was goodnight. The referee intervened and stopped the bout inside the first round.
Going into the fight, a lot had been made about 'Notorious'' seemingly changed persona. In fact, a lot of people had said Khabib Nurmagomedov had humbled him going by his performance at the press conference.
However, after dismantling Cerrone, the Irishman proved in his post-fight interview that he's still got that charisma, he's still got that confidence, and he's still more than happy to call people out.
I don't think we need to worry about losing the real Conor McGregor anytime soon. It's very clear he's still here and is ready to dominate UFC once again.
This year has started with a bang for 'Notorious', let's hope that it can continue in the right manner, which will then put to bed the bad headlines of 2019.
The big question, however, who is next for Conor 'Notorious' McGregor?
Will it be Jorge Masvidal for the BMF title? Will it be a rematch with Khabib? Who knows, but one thing is for sure, UFC is better off with McGregor fighting!News Now - Sport News