‘The Notorious One,’ Conor McGregor, came out fast and furious at the UFC Saturday night, as he fought for the first time since October 2018.
McGregor, 31, broke Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone’s nose with a flurry of shoulder strikes in the clinch.
He then blocked a patented-Cerrone head kick before countering with one of his own.
The head kick stunned ‘Cowboy’ and McGregor swarmed him with punches, dropping him to the floor.
Herb Dean stopped the fight at just 40 seconds.
The crowd at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas erupted as ‘The Notorious’ was victorious for the first time since 2016.
McGregor was humble in victory as he checked on the veteran Cerrone and hugged his opponent’s grandmother.
“Ireland, baby!” said McGregor in his post-fight interview with analyst Joe Rogan.
“You know, I made history here tonight. I’m the first fighter in UFC history to secure knockout victories at featherweight, at lightweight and now welterweight, so I’m very proud of that. Donald holds the record for head kick knockouts. I’m so happy to get him now with a headkick meself…Etch my name in history one more time.”
McGregor called out his rivals following the fight. “Any one of these mouthy fools can get it, even the one at the desk,” referring to UFC analyst and lightweight fighter Paul Felder.
Regardless of whoever is next in line, Conor McGregor is must-see TV in 2020.