Conor McGregor will make his long-awaited return to the Octagon this weekend against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone at UFC 246. Ahead of his return former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz broke down the Irishmen’s knockout win over Jose Aldo.
At UFC 194, the biggest featherweight fight of all time took place between Conor McGregor and Dominick Cruz at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
In this fight, the reigning UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo took on Conor McGregor.
Heading into this fight, Aldo was looking forward to defending his title for the eighth time, however, McGregor ruined Aldo’s plan as he knocked out the Brazilian star in just thirteen seconds.
How did the knockout happen?
As soon as the bell rang, both fighters took the centre stage of the Octagon. McGregor threw his classic left hand at the very beginning, which Aldo dodged and he then followed up with a swinging right hand of his own.
Three years ago today, Conor KO’d Jose Aldo in 13(!) seconds. 👊 💥
— theScore (@theScore) December 12, 2018
But Aldo wasn’t lucky this time around, as McGregor took a step back dodging the punch and landing a counter left on Aldo’s jaw, which ultimately knocked him out.
Detailed breakdown by Dominick Cruz
Former champion Dominick Cruz broke down the knockout and posted the video on his social media account. Here’s what Cruz said.
— Dominick Cruz (@DominickCruz) January 15, 2020
“Conor really only needs to touch you and get to this position. He knows how far you are, he knows how far his feet need to be in order to be balanced, still have power and still counter you
that’s what we saw against Alvarez and that’s what we saw against Aldo. Right in the beginning, he keeps his hands up and fires the left hand down the middle and he knows that the only counter that Aldo has is that [left hand], he escapes perfectly, he is able to dodge the one counter.
Now he sees what Aldo is looking for off of his left hand. Now all he is gonna do is wait, pull out of the right of Aldo and the way that he does is keep is face up and right when he throws it, he steps off the centerline and the punch comes right by him as he steps off and then his left hand can come up over the top,” Cruz concluded.
Conor McGregor will square off against Donald Cerrone in the main event of UFC 246, which is set to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
UFC 246 Fight Card:
170 lbs.: Conor McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone
135 lbs.: Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington
155 lbs.: Diego Ferreira vs. Anthony Pettis
145 lbs.: Maycee Barber vs. Roxanne Modafferi
155 lbs.: Drew Dober vs. Nasrat Haqparast
145 lbs.: Grant Dawson vs. Chas Skelly
265 lbs.: Maurice Greene vs. Aleksei Oleinik
115 lbs.: Claudia Gadelha vs. Alexa Grasso
145 lbs.: Andre Fili vs. Sodiq Yusuff
125 lbs.: Askar Askarov vs. Tim Elliott
135 lbs.: Brian Kelleher vs. Ode Osbourne
125 lbs.: J.J. Aldrich vs. Sabina Mazo