Conor McGregor came right out, landed a few jabs and proceeded to finish Dustin Poirier in the first round of their UFC 178 main card bout Saturday night.
In doing something nobody else had previously done, McGregor staked his claim to being a top contender in the featherweight division.
The win was the fourth straight for “Notorious” inside the Octagon, including his third finish. He has won 12 straight fights overall, pushing his record to 16-2.
“It’s a beautiful feeling when preparation meets opportunity,” said a suit-and-tie McGregor on the FOX Sports 1 post-fight show. “I could see he didn’t want to be in there. Nobody has ever knocked him out.”
McGregor appeared with a version of the UFC title on the show, stating that Jose Aldo had handed over the title in the backstage area. Aldo meets Chad Mendes in October at UFC 179.
While the trash-talking seemed to play almost a bigger part of McGregor-Poirier than the actual fight, the native of Ireland wanted to make it clear there is no issues between the two.
“There is no bad blood,” he said. “This is business. We’re all chasing the same dream. I’ve never hated the guy. He came in shape. I spoke the truth. We’ll continue on the journey to the next guy.”
As for getting himself a title shot and another big-time fight, that is the only thing that excites McGregor.
“I feed off this,” he said. “This si what gives me energy. I put it out there for the world to see.”