Conor McGregor received main-event attention in the build to UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen Saturday night.
And, the Irish-born fighter delivered, defeating Max Holloway via unanimous decision. The bout served as the first for McGregor (14-2) on U.S. soil.
The crowd cheered wildly from inside the TD Garden as McGregor made his walk to the Octagon. The lights were dimmed, the music pumped and you would not have known this was only the second-to-last prelim fight.
“Honestly, I don’t know (why all the extra attention),” McGregor said. “I am lost for words.”
McGregor, who has not lost since 2010, admitted he suffered a knee injury in the second when Holloway rolled on him.
“I wanted to put him away, but I had to change up my game plan (after the injury),” he said. “I don’t plan nothing (in terms of attacks). I just come in.
“I knew Max was a tough competitor and I had to overcome (the injury) because anything can happen inside here.”
McGregor is a former Cage Warriors featherweight and lightweight champion. He was part of the pre-fight press conference, held his own media day and even had a poster contest.