Featherweight prospect Conor McGregor improved to 3-0 with a first round TKO over Diego Brandao at UFC Fight Night 46. After securing a trip early on, McGregor landed a plethora of short shots before they were back to their feet, Brandao was unable to mount anything significant and was caught by a big body shot followed by a big left that dropped the TUF winner, landing some follow-up ground and pound to win the fight in the first.
The reception of McGregor was incredible, and his post-fight interview pumped the fans up. McGregor said he wants football stadiums (soccer for American readers) and world title fights, and with a performance like that, who would deny them in the future?
McGregor is now 15-2 and his win over Brandao marked a clean sweep for the Irish supporters after wins for Neil Seery, Patrick Holohan, Cathal Pendred and Northern Irishman Norman Parke, as well as adopted Irishman Gunnar Nelson.
Here is how the fight played out:
Diego Brandao looked in great shape at the weigh-ins, but he has a tough test in Conor McGregor in front of him. The crowd are going to go insane as McGregor makes his third UFC appearance after ACL surgery.
I can’t describe the atmosphere in Dublin. It’s like no other.
Round 1 – Spinning back kick from Brandao. Brandao attempts a head kick and another. McGregor with a spinning kick and lands a straight. Both opening up with kicks in the early going. Brandao going in for a takedown but it’s defended well. The Brazilian has him against the cage. McGregor turns it around and some short shots from him. Knee to the body from Brandao, who reverses. McGregor reverses the takedown of Brandao and ends up in full guard! Great work there. He’s posturing up but instead gets to his feet. He’s stacking him now and going into side control. Upkicks from Brandao there, and he’s working on the leg. McGregor escapes and he’s once again stacking him, none of his shots landing too cleanly. He has the arm pinned now. Half guard for McGregor, and some short elbows. Brandao does a good job of pushing him off but he’s met with a shot by McGregor. A body shot then jab from McGregor. And another jab. Spinning kick lands! Big shots from McGregor as Brandao comes in with the hooks. A 1-2 from McGregor and he drops Brandao! He follows up with some big shots and that’s it! Brilliant performance by Conor McGregor, who comes back from a major injury and has all of the pressure on him.
Result: McGregor via TKO (punches) at 4:05 in first round.
McGregor with a statement and improves to 3-0. A huge win and a dominant one in that, and you can expect big things from this man. Ricardo Lamas or Dustin Poirier would make a lot of sense. Better yet, Chan Sung-Jung.
Check out the play-by-play for the full card here. Here are the results for the full event.
Conor McGregor def. Diego Brandao via TKO (punches) at 4:05 in first round.
Gunnar Nelson def. Zak Cummings via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:48 in second round.
Ian McCall def. Brad Pickett via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28).
Norman Parke def. Naoyuki Kotani via TKO (punches) at 3:41 in second round.
Ilir Latifi def. Chris Dempsey via TKO (leg kick & punches) at 2:07 in first round.
Neil Seery def. Phil Harris via unanimous decision (30-27 x3).
Cathal Pendred def. Mike King via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:33 in second round.
Trevor Smith def. Tor Troeng via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
Nikita Krylov def. Cody Donovan via TKO (punches) at 4:57 in first round.
Patrick Holohan def. Josh Sampo via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:06 in first round.