It’s becoming a UFC trend, main event fights which have garnered tremendous amounts of analysis and hype, over in a matter of seconds. Coming almost 10 months after Ronda Rousey defeated Cat Zingano after 14 seconds, Ireland’s Conor McGregor has done one better - knocking out Jose Aldo with a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ left hook in just 13 seconds. And that’s almost the entire fight. A relaxed McGregor saw out an aggressive opening gambit from Aldo and punished a stray left hook with a vicious knockout shot, followed up with two strikes on the mat before the referee stepped in to end the contest. Never one to shy away from the cameras, the new UFC Featherweight Champion offered his thoughts on his strategic mentality: “He’s powerful and fast, but precision beats power and timing beats speed” before graciously calling his defeated opponent a “phenomenal champion.”.
Aldo was naturally devastated after the loss, and immediately talked up the possibility of a rematch and a chance to reclaim his crown. Speaking afterwards, the Brazilian stated that “it really wasn’t a fight” and a rematch should be on the cards. The UFC was also the subject of criticism for their release of post match footage showing a clearly disconsolate Aldo returning to his locker room and coming to terms with what had just happened. Some deemed the release of the video to be in extremely questionable taste, whilst others remarked on how this type of unedited footage really gives a true sense of the painful side of competition at the highest level.
The best of the rest from UFC 194 in Las Vegas
Fight fans packed into the MGM had good reason to be excited about the UFC 194 card, as even away from it’s main event, saw several main event worthy bouts take place.
The fight of the night saw Luke Rockhold shock Chris Weidman, handing the now former UFC Middleweight Champion his first defeat and put a sudden halt to an acclaimed title reign which extended back to July 2013. Although the pivotal moments unfolded deep into the 3rd round, when Rockhold took advantage of a reckless Weidman wheel kick - an unlikely gamble which reflected Rockhold’s dominance up to that point - punishing Weidman with clubbing blow after clubbing blow on the mat. Leniency from match official, Herb Dean, saw the fight extend into the fourth round, with Weidman given a very brief reprieve from the relentless aggression of Rockhold; until Rockhold was able to claim victory and the UFC Middleweight Title at 3 minutes 12 in round 4 via TKO.
Down on the undercard, another featherweight clash, this time involving former WEC Featherweight champion, Urijah Faber, saw Faber go the distance with Frankie Saenz. Faber was awarded the W via unanimous decision (29 to 28, 29 to 28 and 30 to 27), and owed much of his victory to a number of beautiful takedowns at crucial times in the fight.
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