Conor McGregor’s Spectacular Performance ‘Against a Fighter That Was Refusing Retirement’ Triggers Fans

Published 01/18/2023, 2:45 PM EST
Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

UFC recently tweeted about one of the most impressive comeback performances in the sport’s history. After a hiatus of over a year, Conor McGregor returned to the Octagon. He did so to take on veteran fighter Donald Cerrone at UFC 246. The fight was in the welterweight division, marking McGregor‘s third appearance in this weight class. He had previously fought against Nate Diaz twice in the welterweight division.

The victory against ‘Cowboy’, was a testament to McGregor‘s skill. It also marked a new chapter in his career, as he looked to continue his dominant ways and make a run at the welterweight title.

40 Seconds of Fury: Fans React to return of Conor McGregor

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UFC fans were quick to react to the tweet by the organization, commemorating the day that Conor McGregor returned to the Octagon. This was after a hiatus of over a year. The tweet highlighted the impressive victory of McGregor against Donald Cerrone. Here is what the fans had to say:

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Whilst some fan talks about what ‘Cowboy’ was going through:

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Despite the time away from the sport, McGregor needed only 40 seconds to secure a TKO victory over Cerrone. In addition, sending a coherent message to the rest of the welterweight division that he was back and ready to compete for the title.

Donald Cerrone Reflects on his Loss to McGregor

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Donald Cerrone, a veteran fighter in the UFC, recently gave insight into his fight against Conor McGregor. He explained that the biggest stage, with millions of eyes watching, was supposed to be his moment, but he didn’t want to be there. He said that the feeling was strange, and he couldn’t answer it any clearer.

Cerrone also revealed that when he was in the back waiting for the fight, he didn’t even want to go out there. ‘Cowboy’ explained that when McGregor gave him the opportunity to take the door and get out; he took it. He described this as his “inner b*tch” taking over and admits to having to live with that every day.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 05: Recording artists Zac Brown (L) of the Zac Brown Band and UFC fighter Donald Cerrone attend UFC 272 at T-Mobile Arena on March 05, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

The statement from Cerrone is a rare insight into the mindset of a fighter, and it’s clear that he’s still coming to terms with his defeat. It’s a reminder that even professional fighters are human and can have a range of emotions going into a fight, even if it’s on the biggest stage.

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Himakshu Vyas

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Himakshu Vyas is a Combat Sports author at Essentiallysports. He is passionate about sports, with soccer and MMA being the sports he is most involved in. Aside from that, he follows the global soccer scene.

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