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UFC 246: Conor McGregor makes quick work of Donald Cerrone

Vintage performance from the Notorious One

Conor McGregor is back. With a bang.

The Irish superstar made a triumphant return to UFC 246 in Las Vegas, dispatching Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (36-14-0) less than a minute into his first octagon fight since October 2018.

 

After a brief clinch and a kick from Cerrone, McGregor (22-4-0) landed a left headkick that hurt Cowboy. A leaping knee and follow-up left hands dropped Cerrone, where further strikes forced referee Herb Dean to call the bout 40 seconds into the opening frame.

Drew Dober, Brian Kelleher, Aleksey Oleineik, Diego Ferreira, and McGregor all earned performance of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS 

SABINA MAZO VS. J.J. ALDRICH

WINNER: SABINA MAZO VIA SD (29-28, 28-29 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: J.J. ALDRICH VIA UD 

Andrews: Close fight, but Mazo had the volume and she hurt Aldrich too.

#7 TIM ELLIOTT VS. #12 ASKAR ASKAROV 

WINNER: ASKAR ASKAROV VIA UD  (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ASKAR ASKAROV VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Timmy just got outworked. Seems like yesterday he was the stud in TUF.

ALEKSA CAMUR VS. JUSTIN LEDET

WINNER: ALEKSA CAMUR VIA UD (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEKSA CAMUR VIA TKO

Andrews: Close fight, but Camur finished stronger in the last round.

TSN 5 PRELIMS/ESPN PRELIMS 

DREW DOBER VS. NASRAT HAQPARAST

WINNER: DREW DOBER VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 1:10

ANDREWS PREDICTION: NASRAT HAQPARAST VIA TKO

Andrews: Nasrat went for it but got caught with the left hand clean. Excellent win for Drew.

ANDRE FILI VS. SODIQ YUSUFF 

WINNER: SODIQ HUSUFF VIA UD (29-28, 28-29 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SODIQ HUSUFF VIA TKO 

Andrews: He didn’t get the finish, but my man Sodiq continues to impress. Fili is no tomato can.

#7 ROXANNE MODAFFERI VS. #9 ROXANNE MODAFFERI 

WINNER: ROXANNE MODAFFERI VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MAYCEE BARBER VIA TKO

Andrews: Roxanne with another great performance, but what happened to Barber? Her left leg was hurt, too. Very nice show of respect afterwards.

MAIN CARD 

#11 ANTHONY PETTIS VS. DIEGO FERREIRA

WINNER: DIEGO FERREIRA VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R2 1:46

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ANTHONY PETTIS VIA UD

Andrews: Pettis was doing okay, but as soon as the fight goes to the ground, he is vulnerable. Excellent win for Diego.

BRIAN KELLEHER VS. ODE OSBOURNE

WINNER: BRIAN KELLEHER VIA SUBMISSION (GUILLOTINE CHOKE) R1 2:49

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ODE OSBOURNE VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow! Quick and tidy work here.

#12 ALEXEY OLEINEIK VS. MAURICE GREENE 

WINNER: ALEKSEY OLEINEIK VIA SUBMISSION (ARMBAR) R2 4:38

ANDREWS PREDICTION: ALEKSEY OLEINEIK VIA TKO

Andrews: Aleksey uses his wits once again to outsmart and frustrate Greene.

#3 HOLLY HOLM VS. #5 RAQUEL PENNINGTON 

 

WINNER: HOLLY HOLM VIA UD (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: HOLLY HOLM VIA UD

Andrews: Not an exciting fight, but Holly did what she needed to do.

MAIN EVENT 

#4 CONOR MCGREGOR VS. #5 DONALD CERRONE

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1218768176173002752?s=20

 

WINNER: CONOR MCGREGOR VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 0:40

ANDREWS PREDICTION: CONOR MCGREGOR VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow! He caught Cerrone early and finished the deal like a champ. Well done.

@kenaiandrews

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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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