Conor McGregor Dominates in UFC Return, What's Next?

Giancarlo Aulino
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Sunday, January 19, 2020

“The Notorious” Conor McGregor is back!

The former two-division champion looked better than ever in his return to the octagon on Saturday night, when he defeated Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone by TKO at 40-seconds of the first-round.

During the buildup to the fight, this looked like a different version of McGregor. After being in the headlines for all the wrong reasons this past year, McGregor was determined to be more focused and return with the same hunger and drive that led to him being a two-division champion in the sport and he did just that.

As soon as the bell sounded, McGregor immediately took the fight to Cerrone---he threw a powerful left-hook that missed followed by shoulder strikes in the clinch that bloodied Cerrone’s nose--- before landing a head-kick and finishing him to improve his MMA record to 22-4.  

McGregor’s incredible performance now opens many possibilities both in the lightweight and welterweight division.

During the post-fight press conference, UFC President Dana White expressed his desire to book a rematch between Conor McGregor vs Khabib Nurmagomedov, assuming he retains his title against Tony Ferguson in April, as he believes it could be the biggest fight in the promotion’s history.

Jorge Masvidal and UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman were in attendance and both could be very intriguing matchups for McGregor if he chooses to compete again at 170lbs.

McGregor vs Masvidal would sell based on their popularity and recent performances while  McGregor vs Usman on the other hand, would sell because the buildup leading into the fight would be McGregor looking to make history and become the first UFC fighter win a championship in a three different weight-classes.

In addition, McGregor has two potential boxing bouts he could compete---rematch with Floyd Mayweather or bout against Manny Pacquaio---should he choose to wait for the winner of the Lightweight Championship bout between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson.

Regardless of what McGregor does next, 2020 is shaping up to be a very exciting year in the UFC.






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