Conor McGregor knocked José Aldo out in just 13 seconds to win the UFC featherweight title at UFC 194 IN Las Vegas. With his first punch thrown in the contest, the 27-year-old Irishman floored his Brazilian opponent with a vicious left hand, securing the fastest-ever knockout in a UFC title fight and consigning Aldo to his first defeat in 10 years.
"He's strong and he's fast but precision beats power and timing beats speed," the Dubliner said after his victory. "I feel for José. He was a phenomenal champion. He deserved to go a little bit longer… It would have happened sooner or later."
Throughout the build-up to the contest, one of the most eagerly anticipated UFC fights in recent memory, McGregor promised a swift end to Aldo. In his final pre-fight press conference, he predicted he would inflict enough damage on the Brazilian within four minutes before sealing the win before the end of the first round.
But even he could not have envisioned such a brutally swift end to the contest.
Aldo, bleeding from a cut on the on the bridge of his nose, said after his defeat: "I threw a punch and he came back with a cross. We need a rematch," Aldo said. "It wasn't a fight so we needed to get back in there."