LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 18: Jerry Cerrone hugs Conor McGregor of Ireland during the UFC 246 … [+]
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Conor McGregor served notice that he is back in the UFC with a 40-second knockout win over Donald Cerrone in the main event of Saturday’s UFC 246 pay-per-view card from Las Vegas, Nevada. The bonus-winning performance was McGregor’s first victory inside the octagon since he defeated Eddie Alvarez in November 2016 to become the first man to hold UFC titles in two divisions at the same time. McGregor, who was stripped of the UFC lightweight and featherweight crowns because of inactivity, lost an October 2018 matchup against current lightweight kingpin Khabib Nurmagomedov.
McGregor’s win could set him up for a rematch with Nurmagomedov if a few other things fall in place, or it could see the ex-champ stick at welterweight and face someone like BMF titleholder Jorge Masvidal.
The UFC was on hand at UFC 246 to catch some behind-the-scenes footage from McGregor’s win over Cerrone. That tape, which the UFC shared via YouTube, includes the exchanges between McGregor and Cerrone and the embrace McGregor shared with Cerrone’s grandmother after the bout.
In the co-main event of Saturday’s fight card, ex-UFC women’s bantamweight titleholder Holly Holm defeated Raquel Pennington via unanimous decision.
UFC 246 took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card streamed on ESPN+. Watch the sneak peek of the UFC 246 “Thrill and Agony” video below.