Here we go, six months late, but better late than never -- Conor McGregor makes his entrance to the Octagon to the tune of Sinead O'Connor and then a "Notorious" remix from the late Biggie Smalls. Of course, the overpowering Irish contingent inside MGM Grand Garden Arena who flocked to Las Vegas, Nevada, in support of their combat sports hero showered him with raucous applause and chants of "Ole!"
His opponent, Featherweight champion Jose Aldo, meanwhile, trotted to the cage for the first time in more than one year to a chorus of steady, deafening boos.
Aldo now steps into the cage, seemingly fired up, and the cage door locks behind him -- HERE WE GO! Time for the official introductions. Final instructions from referee "Big" John McCarthy -- both fighters refuse to touch gloves -- and WE'RE FIGHTING!!!
McGregor races to the center of the Octagon and wings a quick shot at Aldo, then bounces away and flicks a leg kick. Aldo charges in with a reckless right hand and McGregor catches him on the way in with a huge left hand. HE'S OUT! HE'S OUT! Aldo faceplants in the canvas, landing a left hook of his own on his way down even though he was unconscious. McGregor follows up with a needless hammerfist and the referee peels the Irishman off the Brazilian.
One punch knockout ... 13 seconds into the very first round! Insanity!