When Conor McGregor says something, you can take it to the bank.
McGregor vowed that nobody – not even Jose Aldo – could handle his power, and he proved it Saturday night.
In just 13 seconds – and with three strikes landed – “Notorious” ended the decade long run of dominance by Aldo at UFC 194, unifying the featherweight titles in the process.
“Nobody can take that left-hand shot,” he said. “Honestly, I feel for Jose. He’s been a phenomenal champion and he deserved it to go a little bit longer.
“But I still feel at the end of the day, precision beats power, timing beats speed. It would have happened sooner or later.”
In a year in which McGregor (19-2) finished Chad Mendes and has ran roughshod over the featherweight division, his latest conquest is one that not many believed was possible.
Aldo had been the only fighter to wear UFC featherweight gold, and also turned back several challenges while wearing the belt in the WEC.
But despite all his accolades, McGregor knew better.
“No power, just precision,” he said of his striking. “No speed, just timing. Fundamentals. It all it takes.”
The emotions were high for the Irish fighter, as his fellow countrymen packed the MGM Grand Garden Arena. They were loud during weigh-ins and only got louder as the main event approached. And the fact that it only lasted 13 seconds didn’t bother a single one.
“I wanted to embrace all of it this time,” McGregor said. “Sometimes it can be over before we know it. I wanted to be in the moment longer and enjoy the whole process.”