Last night was the much anticipated UFC 246, which outside of the main event of Conor McGregor vs. Donald Cowboy Cerrone, was actually a pretty crappy card compared to other pay per views.
Diego Ferreira vs. Anthony Pettis
Showtime Pettis, fighting at 155 lbs got dominated in this fight from start to finish. Diego got the win by submission in the second round
Brian Kelleher vs. Ode Osbourne
This fight was over pretty quick as Brian Boom Kelleher got a real nice guillotine choke in the first round.
Aleksei Oleynik vs. Maurice Green
Going into this fight I thought that Maurice Greene with his big reach and size advantage had a pretty good chance over the veteran Oleynik’s submission power but I was wrong. But real fun fight to watch and damn does Maurice Greene have a tough chin.
Maurice Greene was getting choked out for an entire minute in the first round, which wasn’t as tight as it needed to be to get him to submit. In that first round, Oleynik used a ton of gas for that choke. But then the fight goes to second round and the Boa Constrictor wins by submission on nicely executed arm bar. Fun fight to watch.
Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington
Holly dominated this fight and kept Pennington clinched against the fence the entire three rounds. Pretty boring win by unanimous decision for the Farmer’s Daughter. I thought Rocky Pennington would actually make it a little more interesting than she did but I was wrong.
Conor McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone
Before this fight, I thought stylistically, Conor had around a 55% chance of winning this fight and Cowboy Cerrone was being pretty undervalued. Obviously, the public who doesn’t watch every UFC card is all about Conor so a ton of public money was coming in on him. After footage of his camp came out and how focused McGregor was, how good of shape he was in and how calm and collected he was, not making the whole thing a whole show, I gave Conor a 65% chance but still thought Cowboy had a decent chance. Especially with the long layoff for Conor and not knowing how he’d come back after getting dominated by Khabib and with so much on the line for him here. There was no pressure on Cowboy where Conor’s legacy as one of the greatest fighters the sport of MMA had ever seen was hanging in the balance.
This fight was fucking amazing right from the start. At the bell, Conor comes in and throws these shoulder strikes from clinch right to Cowboys nose in the first few seconds. I’ve never seen those be so effective and ever do anything close to the damage in the way Conor did them. After that, Conor threw a perfect kick to Cowboy’s face and the fight was over from there. As soon as he landed the kick, Conor flew at Cerrone beating his head in. Conor was PERFECT. Herb Dean calls the stoppage 40 seconds. The Notorious Conor McGregor’s second fastest UFC win (behind knocking out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds).
Conor McGregor in the first round by TKO. Surprise, surprise mothafuckers. The king is back. The greatest fighter in the history of the UFC is back again.