Few have been able to gain a substantial following after just one performance inside the octagon, but Conor McGregor is not your typical fighter.
The Irish upstart blazed through his UFC debut against Marcus Brimage back in April, collecting the “fight of the night” and “knockout of the night” bonuses for his efforts. He entered the UFC ranks with a highlight reel full of spectacular finishes, with every single one of his wins coming by way of stoppage. To add to his popularity, the violence he exhibits inside the cage is rivaled only by his infectious, larger-than-life personality.
The UFC cashed in on this wave of popularity, issuing custom posters bearing his likeness to Irish bars across the world. Expectations were high as he entered his bout against Max Holloway, and for his part McGregor seemed comfortable with the hype he helped create.
When all was said and done, the UFC’s newest star was able to add another win to his record book, but without the stunning finish we have come to expect. It was dominant, with one judge even scoring the bout 30-25 in favor of the Irishmen, but for the first time his opponent survived to hear the final bell. As it turns out, McGregor suffered an undisclosed knee injury during the second round, putting his impressive win streak in jeopardy.
As McGregor indicated as much during the post-fight press conference, stating “I wanted the finish. I felt the finish was there for me. I injured my knee midway through the second, and I just couldn’t get it out of my head, but looking back I should have just pulled my knee from my leg and hit him with it.”
The UFC will fly him to undergo testing to diagnose the injury this week, but in the meantime he should relish the fact that he held his own on the ground against a dangerous opponent. Even with an injured knee, he maintained the same level of dominance we have come to expect from him. His relentless desire to finish his opponents is one of the attributes that makes him such a unique fighter, we can expect an even stronger effort in his next contest. We here at SciFighting.com hope that he makes a speedy recover, and that he is able to compete in the octagon again soon.