Arguably the UFC’s most anticipated fight in history, this past Saturday night UFC fans across the globe were shocked as the boisterous and probably the UFC’s most successful self promoted fighter, Conor McGregor, knocks out Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds.. The fight brought in a record $10.1 million at the gate, with an attendance of 16,516.
Up until the fight, McGregor, 27 had been verbally and at times physically taunting Aldo. This includes, the night that McGregor knocked out Chad Mendes. Immediately following the stoppage of that fight, McGregor jumped over the octagon walls and ran straight for Aldo, who was sitting in the crowd, and confronted Aldo with verbal threats of destruction. At a recent press conference, McGregor head butted Aldo and the two had to be separated.
Reportedly Mcgregor earned $500,000 for the fight while the champion at the time, Jose Aldo, earned $400,000. These figures do not include endorsements or what the UFC calls “Fight Night” bonuses. McGregor earned “Fighter of the Night” award which yielded him an additional $50,000.
Despite Aldo holding the current title and several UFC fighters predicting a Aldo win, the betting world had McGregor favored to win.
I think its safe to say that Jose Aldo was certainly no push over with an impressive MMA record of 32 wins and only 1 loss. He certainly earned his championship belt by defeating some great fighters, including Frankie Edgar, Chad Mendes, Cub Swanson, Urijah Faber, and Kenny Florian. He is probably the most well rounded fighter in the history of the UFC, possessing deadly punching and kicking strikes that have proven to systematically break down his opponents.
McGregor had first gone under contract with the UFC in February 2013. He was born in Dublin, Ireland and started his MMA career at the age of 18, with only one amateur fight. He made his professional debut at the early age of 19 by TKO’ing his first opponent in the second round.
McGregor’s earlier career was not that impressive and one may not have predicted him ever being a champion. The first two and a half years (2008 – 2010) he fought six times and lost two of those fights by submissions. But, the four fights he did win, came by TKO’s by way of punches.
But, McGregor seems to have learned from his losses and has dominated every other fighter since then by winning 15 fights in a row, which includes Aldo. 13 of those fights all ended by way of KO or TKO. This may be the reason why McGregor says that no fighter out there can handle his power.