Conor McGregor took out long-reigning featherweight champ Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds on Saturday night (Dec. 12) at UFC 194.
It marked Aldo’s first loss in 10 years and extended McGregor’s win streak to 15 fights. And, is also the fastest finish in UFC title-fight history, beating former female women’s champ Ronda Rousey’s previous mark of 14 seconds, set at UFC 184 in February.
As soon as the bell rang, Aldo and McGregor met in the middle of the cage. McGregor threw a left, which Aldo followed with a lead right hand and left hook. McGregor slipped the right hand and threw the counter left that dropped Aldo instantly. Conor then followed with a pair of hammer fists… prompting ref. John McCarthy to stop the fight.
“Nobody can take that left-hand shot,” McGregor said. “He’s powerful and he’s fast, but precision beats power, timing beats speed. That’s what you saw there.
“These are fundamentals. That’s all it takes. These are fundamentals, especially when you have my left hand.”
After the fight, which drew a U.S.-record gate revenue of $10.1 million at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, McGregor expressed sympathy, but insisted his victory was all but inevitable.
“I feel for Jose,” McGregor said. “He’s a phenomenal champion. He deserved to go a little bit longer. I still feel, at the end of the day, precision beats power, timing beats speed. All day it would have happened.”
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