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UFC 194: Conor McGregor KOs Jose Aldo in 13 seconds to become undisputed featherweight champion

Conor McGregor used precision striking to stun Jose Aldo, earning a 13-second undisputed featherweight title win at UFC 194.

The fight had barely started when McGregor’s second punch of the night, a straight left hand, caught Aldo flush during an exchange, knocking him to the ground. It took a few more hammerfists for referee Herb Dean to stop the bout.

It was the quickest finish in UFC title history, eclipsing Ronda Rousey’s 14-second win of Cat Zingano at UFC 184.

Aldo had not lost a fight since 2005 before tonight. He was the UFC’s first featherweight champ.

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Afterwards in the post-fight interview, it was thought Aldo said he wanted a rematch as the contest “was not really a fight,” but some eagle-eyed fans listening are adamant Aldo was significantly misinterpreted by translator Derek Lee. It will be interesting to see if president Dana White grants Aldo an immediate rematch or whether he will have to work his way back up to one.

Chris Weidman and new middleweight champ Luke Rockhold earned Fight-of-the-Night honours while Leonardo Santos and McGregor earned Performances-of-the-Night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

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UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS 

COURT MCGEE VS MARCIO ALEXANDRE 

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Court McGee kicks Marcio Alexandre of Brazil in their welterweight bout during the UFC 194 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WINNER: COURT MCGEE VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

WISEMAN PREDICTION: COURT MCGEE VIA SUBMISSION

Wiseman: With Court coming back after so long, and dropping from 185 to 170, I was really interested to see how he preformed. Almost two years outside of the octagon, but his cardiovascular and pressure proved to be too much for Alexandre. Great dominance by Court for the decision win.

JOHN MAKDESSI VS YANCY MEDEIROS

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Yancy Medeiros punches John Makedssi of Canada in their lightweight bout during the UFC 194 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WINNER: YANCY MEDEIROS VIA SPLIT-DECISION (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

WISEMAN PREDICTION:YANCY MEDEIROS VIA SUBMISSION

Wiseman: A bit of a puzzling decision by the judges. Makdessi had the first two rounds, and late knockdown as not enough to effect things as I saw it. This is why you don’t want to leave it to the judges.

JOE PROCTOR VS MAGOMED MUSTAFAEV 

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Joe Proctor kicks Magomed Mustafaev of Russia in their lightweight bout during the UFC 194 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WINNER: MAGOMED MUSTAFAEV VIA TKO R1 1:54

WISEMAN PREDICTION: MAGOMED MUSTAFAEV VIA TKO

Wiseman: Impressive win for the Russian, who pressured Proctor early with kicks and punishing strikes. This is how you do it.

MAIN CARD 

LEONARDO SANTOS VS KEVIN LEE 

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Leonardo Santos of Brazil (black trunks) punches Kevin Lee in their lightweight bout during the UFC 194 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WINNER: LEONARDO SANTOS VIA TKO R1 3:26

WISEMAN PREDICTION: KEVIN LEE VIA SUBMISSION

Wiseman: Well, I expected Lee to pressure Santos and for that to give Santos problems. However, while that did happen, Santos was throwing a jab throughout the fight to measure distance. He connected every time he threw the jab, and it was after a jab that he followed up with a powerful right that rocked Lee. Lee argued that it was a bad call, but it was called and it looked like the right thing. His head was bouncing at one point. Fantastic showing for Santos.

WARLLEY ALVES VS COLBY COVINGTON 

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Warlley Alves of Brazil attempts to submit Colby Covington in their welterweight bout during the UFC 194 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WINNER: WARLLEY AVLES VIA SUBMISSION R1 1:26

WISEMAN PREDICTION: WARLLEY ALVES VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Wiseman: Covington came into this match with a load of pressure and was quick to close the gap. He was pushing Alves against the cage, but Alves jumped into a choke position. The guillotine is his strength, so that was the end of that. Alves is just a beast. He looked great tonight.

#5 TECIA “THE TINY TORNADO” TORRES (6-0-0) VS JOCELYN JONES-LYBARGER (6-1-0)

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Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger punches Tecia Torres in their women’s strawweight bout during the UFC 194 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WINNER: TECIA TORRES VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

WISEMAN PREDICTION: TECIA TORRRES VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Wiseman: Jones-Lybarger started the fight with a load of pressure and was showing her striking to be on point. Torres though, turned things around by pressuring against the cage. In the final round, she unloaded a flurry of strikes. Stronger and faster than what she has shown before. It was another decision win, but she showed heart and improved grappling.

#4 URIJAH FABERVS #13 FRANKIE SAENZ 

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Urijah Faber (left) punches Frankie Saenz in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 194 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WINNER: URIJAH FABER VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

WISEMAN PREDICTION: URIJAH FABER VIA SUBMISSION

Wiseman: Shocked! What I thought would happen and what really happened, shocked. Saenz really put on a show. Faber got the win via decision, but didn’t do it in the style that he needed to. The performance was really laboured and it wasn’t what was expected considering he was taking on someone who doesn’t have anywhere near the experience of him. The fact that it was actually close, just makes me question if Faber really can stand a chance against the Top 3 anymore now than he ever has. I don’t think so.

#5 MAX HOLLOWAY VS #8 JEREMY STEPHENS

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Jeremy Stephens kicks Max Holloway in their featherweight bout during the UFC 194 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WINNER: MAX HOLLOWAY VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

WISEMAN PREDICTION: MAX HOLLOWAY VIA SUBMISSION

Wiseman: This fight was very back and forth, but Holuowayconnected more, and threatened with submissions. A fired up Max then went on to call out the winner of Aldo vs. McGregor. I’d watch that.

#6 DEMIAN MAIA VS #12 GUNNAR NELSON 

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Demian Maia of Brazil (left) grapples with Gunnar Nelson of Iceland (right) in their welterweight bout during the UFC 194 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WINNER: DEMIAN MAIA VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-26, 30-25, 30-25)

WISEMAN PREDICTION: DEMIAN MAIA VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Wiseman: Not surprised by the fact that this was a chess match on the mat. However , I was surprised by how dominant Maia was throughout the fight . Nelson couldn’t keep things standing, and on the mat he was going against the very best. He didn’t stand a chance with the game plan it appeared he had. Great decision win for Maia.

#2 RONALDO SOUZA VS #3 YOEL ROMERO 

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Yoel Romero of Cuba punches Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza of Brazil in their middleweight bout during the UFC 194 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WINNER: YOEL ROMERO VIA SPLIT-DECISION 29-27, 28-29, 29-28 

WISEMAN PREDICTION: RONALDO SOUZA VIA SUBMISSION

Wiseman: Souza was rocked early in the fight, in the first round. How he lived through that I don’t know. The second round could have gone either way, and the final round was Souza. The fight could have gone either way, but for me personally it’s the shady things that Romero does that really makes me question everything around him. Tonight it was grabbing the fence, pouring water over him in between rounds without drying off, etc. Why is this guy always so shady? Help me understand.

(C) CHRIS WEIDMAN VS #1 LUKE ROCKHOLD 

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Luke Rockhold (top) punches Chris Weidman in their UFC middleweight championship bout during the UFC 194 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WINNER: LUKE ROCKHOLD VIA TKO R4 3:12 

WISEMAN PREDICTION: LUKE ROCKHOLD VIA SUBMISSION

Wiseman: Pressure and grappling was the key for Weidman to win this fight. He did that in the first round, but after that he allowed distance to be in favor of Rockhold. The powerful striking of Rockhold and his ground and pound ended this in the second round, but allowed to go to the third. Distance was key to do damage, then vicious ground and pound. I called it. Rockhold is diverse, so he had all the tools. Was good to see him get what he deserves.

MAIN EVENT 

(C) JOSE ALDO VS #1 CONOR MCGREGOR

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Conor McGregor of Ireland punches Jose Aldo of Brazil in their UFC welterweight championship bout during the UFC 194 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

WINNER: CONOR MCGREGOR VIA TKO R1 0:13

WISEMAN PREDICTION: JOSE ALDO VIA UNANIMOUS DECISION

Wiseman: Well this fight took forever to happen, but took 13 seconds to come to a close. What?? Speechless! Conor threw what? one or two shots? Precision beats power and timing beats speed. Those are the words of the new champion. Incredible!

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.
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