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Gone in Seconds – Fastest UFC Knockouts of 2015

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If you made that last-second decision to grab a snack or squeeze in a run to the restroom while Bruce Buffer was introducing the fighters about to throw down, chances are you didn’t make it back to your seat before one of those fighters was trying to regain consciousness. That is part of the beauty that was the UFC in 2015 as there were multiple lightning-fast knockouts this year. From fighters on the early prelims all the way up to the headliner of arguably the biggest event of 2015, early finishes made their mark on events no matter the placement on the fight card.

Forget the “feeling out” process. These fights delivered faster than Amazon Now, leaving jaws dropped as the collective “HOLY SH*T!” reaction filled the arena.

Below you’ll find every KO/TKO finish under a minute in the UFC from 2015:

0:08

Makwan Amirkhani stuns Andy Ogle in 8 seconds – As soon as the referee called for action to begin, Amirkhani sprinted to the middle of the Octagon and threw a flying knee that caught Ogle right on the jaw. Makwan then pushed Ogle against the cage, landed a right-hand uppercut that dropped his opponent, and then threw a couple of follow-up punches before the referee stepped in to seprate the two. Ogle was clearly unaware of his surroundings as he wrestled with the referee after the stoppage (see image above), yet some questioned the stoppage, including Joe Rogan during the post-fight interview with Amirkhani. Too early or not, this fight goes down in the history books as the fastest knockout of 2015.

 

0:09

Leon Edwards clips Seth Baczynski in 9 seconds – The referee clapped his hands to signal for action to begin and the two men met in the center of the Octagon, with Baczynski throwing two 1-2 combinations that were defended well by Edwards. Shortly after the second combination, Baczynski left an opening by leaving his right hand down away from his face, and Edwards took full advantage. Edwards threw a lazer left straight that knocked Baczynski off of his feet. After two huge follow-up punches from the top, Leon walked off and began celebrating before the referee could pull him off, as Seth was clearly out on the canvas.

0:13

Conor McGregor’s counter left heard ’round the world – Conor quickly took the center of the Octagon as expected, but did not throw his trademark opening strike, a spinning heel kick. Instead he got within striking distace of Aldo and began sizing him up, before a brief exchange of punches that didn’t find their mark. After a kick from Conor to Aldo’s lead leg, the men reset again before the final exchange of the fight. Aldo rushed forward to throw a right-straight followed by a left-hook combination, but McGregor slipped the straight and landed the knockout counter-left before Aldo could complete the combination. Aldo hit the canvas hard and McGregor threw two hammerfists from above to seal the deal as the referee dove in to push McGregor off of the former pound-for-pound king. Mystic Mac strikes again!

0:16

Maximo Blanco’s controversial stoppage over Mike de la Torre – This stoppage is certainly the most controversial of the bunch, as referee Yves Lavinge stepped in a few seconds too early to stop this fight. Blanco landed a hard right hand that stunned de la Torre, causing his legs to get wobbly. As he fell to the canvas trying to get his feet back under him, Blanco ran in to capitalize on the opportunity to potentially end the fight. Blanco could only get off one left hand before Lavigne ran in to pull him away from his opponent, who was already trying to grab the leg of Blanco (pictured above). This is one stoppage that was too early, but nevertheless, goes down in the books as a sixteen-second TKO win for Maximo Blanco, and one of the fastest finishes of 2015.


 

Other quick TKO/KO victories in 2015:

0:21 – Francisco Rivera def. Alex Caceres via KO (punches)

 

:28 – Diego Brandao def. Katsunori Kikuno via TKO (punches)

 

0:28 – Dan Henderson def. Tim Boetsch via KO (punches)

 

0:29 – Thiago Santos def. Steve Bosse via KO (head kick)

 

0:30 – Alvaro Herrera def. Vernon Ramos via KO (punches)

 

0:34 – Ronda Rousey def. Bethe Correia via KO (punch)

 

0:36 – Derek Brunson def. Ed Herman via TKO (punches)

 

0:43 – Zak Cummings def. Dominique Steele via TKO (punches)

 

0:44 – Fredy Serrano def. Zhikui Yao via TKO (arm injury stoppage)

 

0:44 – Robert Whittaker def. Brad Tavares via KO (punches)

 

0:48 – Daniel Omielanczuk def. Chris de la Rocha via TKO (punches)

 

0:49 – Sam Alvey def. Daniel Kelly via TKO (punches)

 

0:56 – Sean O’Connell def. Anthony Perosh via TKO (punches)

 

0:56 – Ilir Latifi def. Hans Stringer via KO (punches)

What was your favorite quick knockout of 2015? Let us know @MMALatestNWS!

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Conor McGregor has ‘Every intention of fighting in 2018’

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Despite being inactive since his historic boxing bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in August, Conor McGregor is never far from the headlines. Recently his out of cage antics have got people questioning if he’ll ever be back.

Thankfully the UFC lightweight champion appears to have cleared up any rumors about his fighting career.

Speaking to his sponsor Betsafe, the “Notorious” Conor McGregor said “My focus is getting back into the right ring or octagon. 2017 was historic. I have transcended both the sport of MMA and boxing. At this stage of my career, as it has been for the majority of my UFC career, potential opponents must lobby for fights with me. We could see Conor McGregor anywhere. I run the fight game, the fashion game, the whiskey game or whatever the next business endeavor might be”.

McGregor added, “I have every intention of fighting in 2018 if my compensation and business development endeavors accurately reflect my influence on combat sports.”

This comes just two weeks after UFC President Dana White told reporters “Conor might never fight again. The guy’s got $100 (expletive) million. I’ve got guys that made less than that and were lawyers and went to school their whole life and quit working.”

White went on to say “Try to get up and get punched in the face every day when you’ve got $100 million in the bank. Money changes everything with a lot of people.”

White also told reporters that the “Notorious one”, “can’t be paid enough money” and that he is “worth every penny and more.” McGregor’s recent statement suggests he knows that and won’t be back till his demands are met.

The UFC lightweight division has been stalled in the absence of the champion McGregor and now the interim champion Tony Ferguson has undergone surgery. The UFC has been known the remove belts from fighters who have been delayed for extended amounts of time, this would be highly unlikely with the popularity of McGregor.

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Will Conor McGregor ever fight again?

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The future of the UFC’s biggest ever star is in doubt. But it was also never a secret. “The Notorious” Conor McGregor always made his intentions clear, “Get in. Get rich. Get out”. And now he’s rich, very rich.

In 2008 at the age of 20 a baby-faced, clean-shaven McGregor stated his ambitions for his MMA career after just 5 professional fights. He said “My dream is to be world champion in the UFC, have more money than I know what to do with, and have a great life for my kids, my grandkids, everyone in my family, everyone that’s come up with me. That’s my dream”.

Along his journey, McGregor has never kept his intentions to himself. At first, it was to get into the UFC. Then it was the featherweight belt. Then it was to replicate what he had done in his previous promotion, to become the UFC’s first simultaneous two-weight world champion.

The issue now is that McGregor has achieved everything he has set out to do. From world titles to being a multi-millionaire, he’s done it all. And now there is no statement of intent. No dream to chase.

Since he’s achieved everything he said he ever wanted, where does the hunger for more come from? Currently, it doesn’t appear to be there.

Since the last time we saw McGregor with gloves on, the charismatic Irishman has seemingly gone off the rails. There was the Bellator 187 incident in Dublin, where McGregor stormed the cage and pushed veteran referee Marc Goddard and slapped an official. But more recently the Irish Daily Mail has reported that McGregor was involved in a bar fight in his native Crumlin, where he is believed to have punched an associate of a major crime gang in Dublin. Whether this is true or not, it is still something a UFC champion and role model shouldn’t be associated with.

From the outside, McGregor’s life is more about hours spent at the club rather than the gym.

But who can blame the man for enjoying the fruits of his labor? He is acting how most 29-year-old men would if they had just received $100 million.

This is his life’s work paying off.

After McGregor’s loss at UFC 196, he wanted an immediate rematch against Nate Diaz at the same weight. It showed us he’s a true martial artist with the heart of a lion. It showed his desperation to get that win back and prove he is the better competitor. And when he won, he proved all his doubters wrong as he walked on crutches through the corridor of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas screaming “doubt me now”.

But after his loss to Mayweather Jr., there has seemingly been no desire to arrange a fight to get back in the win column.

It’s easy to forget during this period of inactivity that McGregor is one of the most active guys in MMA. From UFC 194 to UFC 205, McGregor competed in 4 fights at 3 different weight classes against high caliber opponents inside the space of 11 months. The truth is he deserves a well-earned rest.

 

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However, in a recent media scrum, Dana White confirmed that Conor was looking to fight before the end of the year but had been pulled from UFC 219 as punishment for the incident at Bellator 187.

Dana also told the reporters in the room “Conor might never fight again. The guys got $100 million. I’ve got guys that made less than that and were lawyers and went to school their whole life and quit working”.

White also said, “Try and get up and get punched in the face every day when you’ve got $100 million in the bank”.

The two statements from Dana are very contradicting as he isn’t sure McGregor will ever fight again, but at the same time he wanted to fight on December 30th. Maybe Dana is struggling to pick apart the mind of Conor McGregor as much as we are.

There are plenty of reasons why Conor should never come back.

Not only is he set for life but he’s also healthy. McGregor is extremely conscious about his health and has mentioned several times throughout his career about the importance of keeping your brain healthy.

But there are plenty of reasons why he should he come back.

He loves to fight and he loves making money. He needs to capitalize on that whilst he can.

McGregor doesn’t have to settle for one big payday, he has matchups waiting for him such as Ferguson, Diaz, and GSP. There is always the welterweight belt and his Croke Park dream. And the door is open for a return to boxing, especially with fighters like De La Hoya, Pacquiao, and Malignaggi calling him out.

He’s also at the peak in terms of age and physique and in terms of power. Where he has the whole MMA world on strings with every small move he makes.

There is no knowing if McGregor will ever fight again. If McGregor returns to his usual self, he will likely be back in the first quarter of 2018, where he will fight frequently. But as time ticks on and there is no fight announcement McGregor may be stripped of his belt never to be seen again.

He got in. He got rich. Is he out? Let us know.

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Manny Pacquiao Hints at Possible 2018 Fight with Conor McGregor

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Here we go again. Just when we thought Conor McGregor was set on a return to the octagon, boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has seemingly called out the charismatic Irishman with his latest Instagram post.

It appears the current senator of the Philippines also wants a trip on the money train that is Conor McGregor, as he sent out this cryptic message on his Instagram.

Happy Thanksgiving! Stay fit my friend. #realboxingmatch #2018 @thenotoriousmma

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The caption reads “Happy thanksgiving! Stay fit my friend. #realboxingmatch #2018 @thenotoriousmma”.

This comes a week after retired boxer Oscar De La Hoya claimed he has been secretly training for a bout with “The Notorious One.” Speaking on ‘Golden Boy Radio with Tattoo and the Crew’, De La Hoya claimed “I’m faster than ever and stronger than ever. I know I can take out Conor McGregor out in two rounds”.

After his most recent loss to Australian boxer Jeff Horn, retirement looked imminent for ‘Pac-Man’. But a shot at McGregor and the pay day his name brings, appears to be far too tempting.

McGregor loves to test himself and he loves money. So he will be licking his lips just thinking about the opportunity to get back in the ring against a high calibre opponent like Pacquiao. Not just to make money, but to prove his doubters wrong after his boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather Jr.

McGregor’s immediate future looks set to be a fight with Tony Ferguson in 2018. But after that who knows what the future holds for the UFC lightweight champion.

If McGregor’s next fight is a boxing match with Pacquiao, then it could spell the end of his title reign. As Ferguson likes to say it’s ‘defend or vacate’ time.

 

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