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UFC 246: Conor McGregor makes quick work of Donald Cerrone

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.

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

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Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS 

SABINA MAZO VS. J.J. ALDRICH

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1218691874174701570?s=20

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 

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1218714789196726273?s=20

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

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1218699768072982530?s=20

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

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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 

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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 

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1218726625040269314?s=20

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

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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

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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 

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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

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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

KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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