Aldo and Weidman handed first UFC losses in title defence, McGregor and Rockhold join Holm as new UFC champions
How often do we get to hear, "Aaaaand new!" twice on the same card? The event was getting a tad bit boring with five consecutive bouts going to decisions until the title fights where both interim champ and challenger rose to the occasion. Conor McGregor (19-2) does not trash talk no more and it's now up to the challengers to taunt him as he is now the undisputed UFC Featherweight Champion of the World after defeating the now-former 7-time defending champ Jose Aldo (25-2) who was undefeated in his career since 10 years ago in 2005 before he joined the UFC.
McGregor more than walk the talk this time as he broke the record for the quickest finish in the UFC by knocking out the Brazilian in just 13 seconds, one second faster than the previous record-holder Ronda Rousey. Aldo went for a forward hook-cross combo but the Irish saw it coming, dodged the hook and countered with beautiful clean lefty to the chin which dropped Aldo. I believe he was already knocked out before he fell to the ground but regardless, McGregor followed up with undefended hammer fists to make sure of it before the ref jumped in and saved Aldo who had no idea what happened.
That has definitely overshadowed Luke Rockhold's (15-2) middleweight title win against the then-undefeated "underrated" Chris Weidman (13-1) in the co-main event. Both gassed out almost as soon as the second round but Weidman was probably the more exhausted one of the two, strangely, when it was Rockhold who was on antibiotics. They started off kicking each other high and low before Weidman's tired mind decided to casually attempt a sloppy spinning wheel kick at close range and exposed his back for Rockhold to take him down and choke him.
Weidman defended the rear naked choke and turned himself around into Rockhold's full mount and got his face heavily ground-and-pounded. Referee Herb Dean refused to stop the fight as there was only 20 seconds to go till the round ends, but that mere 20 seconds allowed the damage on Weidman's face. Weidman may have "survived" the third round but it only prolonged the fight a while more as Rockhold managed to take Weidman down and rain down punches till Dean finally intervenes.
UFC 194: Aldo vs. McGregor - Full Results
Fight of the Night: Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman
Performance of the Night: Conor McGregor and Leonardo Santos
Main CardFeatherweight: Conor McGregor (ic) def. José Aldo (c) | KO (punches) | R1 0:13
Middleweight: Luke Rockhold def. Chris Weidman (c) | TKO (punches) | R4 3:12
Middleweight: Yoel Romero def. Ronaldo Souza | Decision (split) | 3 rounds
Welterweight: Demian Maia def. Gunnar Nelson | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Featherweight: Max Holloway def. Jeremy Stephens Decision | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Preliminary CardBantamweight: Urijah Faber def. Frankie Saenz | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Women's Strawweight: Tecia Torres def. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Welterweight: Warlley Alves def. Colby Covington | Submission (guillotine choke) | R1 1:26
Lightweight: Leonardo Santos def. Kevin Lee | TKO (punches) | R1 3:26
Lightweight: Magomed Mustafaev def. Joe Proctor | TKO (knees and punches) | R1 1:54
Lightweight: Yancy Medeiros def. John Makdessi | Decision (split) | 3 rounds
Welterweight: Court McGee def. Márcio Alexandre Jr. | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
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