Conor McGregor has been crowned interim UFC Featherweight Champion following a historic victory over Chad Mendes at UFC 189 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The SBG fighter climbed from the mat to a deafening reception in front of a partisan crowd following his stunning second round victory which saw him become the first European male to win a UFC title.
Amid raucous support McGregor got off to a slow start, coming off second best throughout the first two rounds before connecting with a devastating left hand strike that downed Mendes for the first time in his illustrious career and allowed McGregor to finish the fight with seconds to spare in the second round.
Cue scenes of mass hysteria as the crowd went wild and McGregor, who had been spine-tinglingly sung into the ring by Sinead O’Connor, sunk to his knees and cherished delivering the biggest triumph of his life.
The unification title bout with Jose Aldo now looks set to take place on January 2nd 2016 and McGregor will be licking his lips as he looks to conquer the division once and for all and become the UFC’s biggest star and most popular champion.
The fight looks set to once again be in Las Vegas with UFC President Dana White telling MMA Junkie “There’s a thing where we told Conor that if he fought and beat Jose Aldo, we would let him defend at Croke Park in Ireland. When he and Jose fight, it will be here in Las Vegas.”
On McGregor’s amazing victory Paddy Holohan told InTallaght’s Jack Madden, “It was absolutely amazing to see Conor take that belt! I don’t think Ireland realise how big this is. A European male has never ever won a UFC title. If you compared it to Katie Taylor’s gold medal it’s astronomical in comparison and that’s taking nothing away from Katie. This isn’t just a title for Ireland but it’s a title for the whole of Europe and he will only get better and better.”