Conor McGregor rules the world: A look at his record-breaking UFC 194
Conor McGregor has no problem making bold predictions and thus far in his UFC career he’s backed up every one of them with his performances inside the Octagon.
On Saturday night, McGregor faced his biggest challenge to date when he took on Jose Aldo in the main event of UFC 194. Aldo stepped into the fight as the reigning featherweight champion and the only man to hold that belt since the UFC created the division in 2010.
Just as he called it, McGregor knocked Aldo out in the first round, although no one likely believed that it would actually happen as quickly as it did.
McGregor needed just one punch to send Aldo crashing to the canvas as he put a stamp on his incredible, record-breaking weekend while doing what no fighter in the UFC — or WEC, for that matter — had been able to do in 15 combined fights.
So as we reflect on what will go down as one of the biggest and most memorable events in UFC history, let’s take a look at some of the accomplishments McGregor was able to obtain with his stunning victory over Aldo on Saturday night.
That’s all it took for McGregor to put Aldo away after a year of hype and promotion built this fight to become one of the most talked about title fights in MMA history. McGregor landed a counter left hand flush to Aldo’s chin and sent the Brazilian to the canvas, where he followed up with a few more strikes to seal the deal and become the new undisputed featherweight champion of the world. (The knockout still isn’t McGregor’s fastest, however, because in 2011 he landed a ridiculous four-second KO.)
McGregor’s 13-second knockout breaks Ronda Rousey’s record for the shortest title fight in UFC history when she submitted Cat Zingano earlier this year in just 14 seconds. McGregor now holds the record for shortest title fight victory, as well as shortest title fight victory by way of knockout, with his finish over Aldo at UFC 194.
Nov. 26, 2005
That was the last time Jose Aldo suffered a defeat — his only other defeat until UFC 194. On that night, back before his UFC and WEC days, Aldo was defeated by Luciano Azevedo by rear naked choke in the second round. From that point on, Aldo won 18 consecutive fights before being defeated by McGregor.
The gate from UFC 194 set a new record in the United States, which eclipsed the previous record of $7.2 million — a record that was set by McGregor’s last fight against Chad Mendes at UFC 189 in July.
The number of fans in attendance at UFC 194, which is another all-time record for the UFC in the United States. The previous record? You guessed it — McGregor’s fight against Mendes in July, which saw 15,291 in attendance.
That’s how much McGregor earned per second for his win over Aldo.
According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, McGregor was paid $500,000 for his performance plus a $50,000 bonus for "Performance of the Night" and that all equals out to over $42,000 earned per second for his win over Aldo. When you figure in pay-per-view bonuses, Forbes estimates that McGregor could earn north of $622,000 per second for his win over Aldo.
That’s how many knockouts McGregor now holds in the featherweight division and that’s another all-time record set with his win over Aldo.
The number of "Performance of the Night" bonuses McGregor has received in a row — another record in the UFC. McGregor’s five "Performance of the Night" bonuses are also another record since the UFC introduced the new way of handing out post-fight awards while doing away with the old "Knockout of the Night" and "Submission of the Night" honors. The second-closest fighter behind McGregor is Ronda Rousey with four awards.
This might be the most important number to McGregor all weekend because he becomes the first and only undisputed champion to hail from the country of Ireland. McGregor enjoyed a huge boon from fans traveling to the United States from Ireland to watch his fight, and by the end of the weekend, Las Vegas was painted in a sea of green, white and orange.