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5 biggest takeaways from UFC 246: Conor McGregor’s mastery, Donald Cerrone’s slump, more

What mattered most at UFC 246 in Las Vegas? Here are a few post-fight musings …

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1. Conor McGregor’s flawless effort

It doesn’t get much better than that if you’re Conor McGregor. He didn’t get hit with a single strike by Donald Cerrone, connected with a bevy of diverse offensive attacks and won the fight in just 40 seconds.

This wasn’t a one-shot knockout like the Jose Aldo fight. It was nearly three times longer, but thoroughly dominant, and showed “The Notorious” is still as dangerous as he’s ever been.

Of course it’s easy to poke holes in the outcome. Cerrone is historically slow coming out of the gate, doesn’t take damage all that well and is known to crumble under pressure. He’s still a high-level fighter, though, and he’s never lost a fight as quickly as he did to McGregor.

After 15 months off, this was the perfect comeback scenario for McGregor. If he stays focused and commits to his “2020 season,” he couldn’t ask for a better momentum-builder.

Dustin Poirier open to five-round fight with Dan Hooker

Dustin Poirier has responded to Dan Hooker’s callout. Hooker recently picked up his third straight win, when he edged out Paul Felder in this past weekend’s UFC Auckland headliner. He had previously called Poirier out on numerous occasions, but Poirier didn’t seem too interested. But, after moving one step...

UFC on ESPN+ 30 poster features two heavyweights with 36 combined knockouts

UFC on ESPN+ 30 will be headlined by two heavyweights with serious fight-ending abilities. Former UFC heavyweight title challenger Alistair Overeem will look to rebound when he takes on the streaking Walt Harris in the UFC on ESPN+ 30 main event on April 11, at Moda Center in Portland, Ore....

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