Thu. Feb 20th, 2020

Conor McGregor returns to UFC with knockout of Cowboy Cerrone

Conor McGregor took just 40 seconds to knock out Cowboy Cerrone and make a victorious return to the UFC octagon on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

conor mcgregor returns to ufc with knockout of cowboy cerrone 1024x734 - Conor McGregor returns to UFC with knockout of Cowboy Cerrone

CONOR MCGREGOR DEF. DONALD CERRONE BY TKO

Returning to the Octagon for the first time since October 2018, Irish superstar Conor McGregor scored his first win since 2016, as he took less than a minute to stop Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in a welterweight bout that headlined UFC 246 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

A world champion at featherweight and lightweight, McGregor impressed immediately in his third bout at 170 pounds, as he fired off a shot at Cerrone at the outset. That left missed, but after the two tied up, a few shoulder strikes by the Dubliner drew blood from Cerrone’s nose and apparently stunned him because, moments later, a left kick to the head by McGregor put “Cowboy” in deep trouble. A couple punches then put Cerrone on the deck, and after a series of unanswered blows, referee Herb Dean stepped in and stopped the bout at the 40-second mark.

With the win, McGregor moves to 22-4. Cerrone falls to 36-14 with 1 NC.

64623202 conor mcgregor - Conor McGregor returns to UFC with knockout of Cowboy Cerrone
Conor McGregor before his match against Khabib Nurmagomedov in UFC 229 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

Other results from UFC 246

HOLLY HOLM DEF. RAQUEL PENNINGTON BY UNANIMOUS DECISION (30-27 X 2, 29-28)

Former women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm repeated her 2015 victory over Raquel Pennington in the UFC 246 co-main event, decisioning her opponent via unanimous decision.

Much of the first two rounds was fought in the clinch against the fence, Holm in charge for all but a few moments when Pennington was able to reverse position, and while the crowd wasn’t happy, it left Holm in the lead and Pennington needing a big finish in the third if she wanted to even the score with “The Preacher’s Daughter.” It wasn’t to be, though, as Holm continued to dominate in the clinch, allowing her to cruise to victory via scores of 29-28 and 30-27 twice.

With the win, the No. 3-ranked Holm moves to 13-5. The No. 5-ranked Pennington falls to 10-9.

ALEKSEI OLEINIK DEF. MAURICE GREENE BY SUBMISSION (ARMBAR) AT 4:38 OF ROUND 21

Aleksei Oleinik had to dig deep in heavyweight action against Maurice Greene, but the 42-year-old Russian ultimately got the win, submitting his foe in the second round.

A kick to the midsection by Greene put Oleinik down seconds into the fight, but a second kick moments later missed, allowing Oleinik to drag him to the mat. Now it was Oleinik’s world, but Greene used a pair of triangle attempts to get back to his feet. Oleinik put the fight right back down midway through the frame and he got the mount position. A choke followed, but Greene hung tough and made it out of the round.

The minute’s rest between rounds was a benefit for Greene, but Oleinik appeared to be tired after going all-in for the submission in the previous frame. But in the second minute, Oleinik was able to get the takedown, and after a grueling mat battle, “The Boa Constrictor” finally locked in the armbar that forced Greene to tap at 4:38 of round two.

The No. 12-ranked Oleinik moves to 58-13-1 with the win. Greene falls to 8-5.

DIEGO FERREIRA DEF. ANTHONY PETTIS BY SUBMISSION (REAR NAKED CHOKE) AT 1:46 OF ROUND 2

Surging lightweight Diego Ferreira likely earned his place in the top 15 after submitting former world champion Anthony Pettis in the second round to up his current winning streak to six.

Keeping the pressure on from the start, Ferreira took some shots from Pettis, but whenever he got his hands on the Milwaukee native, he was able to control the action. In the second, he took Pettis down early and got his back, and once he got his foe’s neck, a tap followed, with Ferreira getting the rear naked choke victory at 1:46 of the round.

BRIAN KELLEHER DEF. ODE OSBOURNE BY SUBMISSION (GUILLOTINE) AT 2:45 OF ROUND 1

Brian Kelleher’s first bout since December 2018 was a successful one, as he submitted newcomer Ode’ Osbourne in the opening round of their bantamweight matchup.

Fresh from the Contender Series, Milwaukee’s Osbourne landed a right hand out of a crouch to start the fight, but Kelleher got the fight to the mat moments later and bulled his foe to the fence. Osbourne fired off elbows from his back and Kelleher exchanged blows with him before locking in a tight guillotine. Moments later, Osbourne tapped, with the end coming 2:49 into the bout.

With the win, Long Island’s Kelleher moves to 20-10. Osbourne falls to 8-3 with 1 NC.

Results and reports provided by UFC.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *