Conor McGregor defeated Jose Aldo in a record 13 seconds in the main event fight of UFC 194. Thus ends a year of speculation of what would happen when the 7-year reigning champ of the UFC’s Featherweight Division fought the most popular fighter in MMA right now.
Only a few punches were thrown. Conner McGregor threw a straight left to begin the action, but it landed as a glancing blow that hardly seemed to phase the champion. Then McGregor led with an indifferent kick, which also easily was defended.
After a couple of seconds of wary posturing, Jose Aldo lunged forward with a (crude) straight right. McGregor sidestepped the punch and, in an instant, delivered a devastating left hook. [For a southpaw fight, it might be described as a left cross.] Whatever the case, the punch caught Jose Aldo with full torque, as he was delivering a left hook behind his straight right.
13 Second Knockout in UFC 194
Aldo crumpled to the mat. Conor McGregor jumped on his opponent and delivered two hammerfists with his vaunted left hand. By the time those punched were thrown, the referee was moving in to stop the fight. It was over in 13 seconds.
13 seconds represents the shortest fight in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. It beats the 14-second victory Ronda Rousey executed against Cat Zingano on February 28, 2015. Given that Conor McGregor’s win last night was against a 7-year reigning champion, it represents the most impressive and devastating stoppage in UFC history.
Video of Conor McGregor Knocking Out Jose Aldo
Here is the video, though I don’t expect it to be up very long. I’ll take this down as soon as the YouTube recording gets taken down.
Conor McGregor becomes the second lineal Featherweight Champion of the UFC. His reign is likely to become the #1 storyline in mixed martial arts for as long as it lasts.
What Does McGregor’s Victory Mean for the UFC?
Anyone who follows mixed martial arts, whether you like the new champion or not, knows the entertainment value Conor McGregor brings to the octagon. Whatever else you think about the Irishman, his ascension should be a good thing for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, because it brings more of a spotlight to the sport. With Ronda Rousey losing to Holly Holm, Conor McGregor becomes the key figure in MMA. Holm is less charismatic than Rousey and the situation which made Ronda Rousey such a draw isn’t likely to happen again anytime soon, so Notorious becomes the chief way the UFC is going to reach a wider audience.
In many ways, UFC 194 restores mixed martial arts to equilibrium. Viewership of the sport is still dominated by male fans. Many of those male fans are going to gravitate to the male fighters, because they represent the summit of the mountain. Throughout her time of ascension, fans could say Ronda Rousey was pitted against upstarts and ne’er-do-wells with little skill and experience. Now that she’s lost to the most-accomplished fighter she’s faced, they can feel vindicated in sharing those opinions.
Thus, the single-most visible star in MMA is Conor McGregor, whom everyone must admit fought the best and beat the best. The Irish champion’s attitude is now going to become the point of debate. His interviews and other antics draw a lot of criticism, but his style is a time-honored way of promoting his fights. It’s good for the sport, because people are going to love him or hate him. That’s what promotions want, is their viewers to really care what happens in the ring. Conor McGregor is going to have a lot of Irish and American fans who want to see him dominate. He’s going to have a lot of detractors who want to see him demolished. That’s all for the better.
Luke Rockhold Defeats Chris Weidman
In the Co-Main Event, Luke Rockhold made good on his claim to be the best Middleweight in the world with a 4th round knockout of champion Chris Weidman. Weidman came into the fight as the #4 Pound-for-Pound fighter, and the fight was competitive through 3 rounds. Chris Weidman put Rockhold under pressure in the first round with takedowns, but the challenger was able to consistently return to his feet.
Weidman appeared to be winning the 3rd Round while both fighters were on their feet. Then he tried an ill-conceived and poorly-executed spinning wheelkick which Luke Rockhold blocked. Then Rockhold used his advantage to take Weidman to the ground and get in the mount position. From there, he delivered 92 strikes in a 68-second period. Rockhold wailed away with right and left hooks, but also delivered devastating elbows down the middle through Weidman’s defense. This left the champion bloody and spent, even though he mounted just enough defense to make it to the end of the 3rd Round.
When the fight resumed in the 4th Round, Luke Rockhold controlled the action and it was only a matter of time. The challenger knew he had control on the mat, so he used the ground-and-pound game to end the fight. This time, there was no saving the champion.
Fightmetric’s cageside stats showed Chris Weidman landed 62 strikes of 92 attempted. Luke Rockhold landed 161 of 229 stikes.
Romero Defeats Souza in Split Decision
In other action, former Cuban Olympic wrestler Yoel Romero (11-1) upset Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (22-4) in a hardfought fight. Romero overcame an awful 1st Round to win a split decision, putting him in position as the #1 contender at 185 pounds. Judges Glenn Trowbridge and Tony Weeks had Romero winning the fight. Trowbridge scored it 29-27 and and Weeks scored it 29-28 for Romero. Lester Griffin scored the battle 29-28 in favor of Ronaldo Souza. It was a close match which could have gone either way. For instance, ESPN had the fight 29-28 for Souza.
In the fourth fight on the card, a Welterweight battle between Demian Maia (22-6) took Gunnar Nelson (14-2-1), Maia scored a unanimous decision. In the free fights, Max Holloway (15-3) extended his UFC win streak to 8 fights after defeating Jeremy Stephens (24-12) with a unanimous decision.
Who Is Conor McGregor’s Next UFC Opponent?
Max Holloway becomes the #1 Welterweight contender with the victory, though many fans want to see McGregor fight Frankie Edger first, after his defeat of Chad Mendez in The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale. Given his 10-year unbeaten streak and his 7-year reign as champion, Aldo fans will call for a rematch. Such a one-sided defeat is unlikely to spur much interest in an immediate rematch, though Jose Aldo is likely to one day step in the ring with Conor McGregor again — if both win a handful of fights.