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UFC 246 Post-Fight interview scrums: Conor McGregor, Dana White, Holly Holm, and more

UFC 246 Post-Fight Interviews

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Conor McGregor stormed back into the Octagon at UFC 246: McGregor vs. Cowboy on Saturday in Las Vegas. He dismantled Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone with a 40-second onslaught that put Cowboy down and out.

After the fight, McGregor, UFC president Dana White, UFC 246 co-main event winner Holly Holm, and several other fighters spoke to the media about UFC 246 and what’s next.

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TRENDING > UFC 246: Conor McGregor vs. Cowboy Cerrone recap video


UFC 246: McGregor vs. Cerrone Results

Main Card (10 pm ET PPV)

  • Conor McGregor def. Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone by TKO (punches) at 0:40, R1
  • Holly Holm def. Raquel Pennington by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Aleksei Oleinik def. Maurice Greene by submission (armbar) at 4:38, R2
  • Brian Kelleher def. Ode Osbourne by submission (guillotine choke) at 2:49, R1
  • Cláudia Gadelha vs. Alexa GrassoCANCELLED
  • Carlos Diego Ferreira def. Anthony Pettis by submission (neck crank) at 1:46, R2

Prelims (8 pm ET on ESPN)

  • Roxanne Modafferi def. Maycee Barber by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
  • Sodiq Yusuff def. Andre Fili by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Askar Askarov def. Tim Elliott by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Drew Dober def. Nasrat Haqparast by TKO (punches) at 1:10, R1

Early Prelims (7 pm ET on ESPN+)

  • Aleksa Camur def. Justin Ledet by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Sabina Mazo def. JJ Aldrich by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

What’s next for Conor McGregor? What do the odds say?

Conor McGregor UFC 246 what is next

You know that mixed martial arts has made it to the big leagues of sports when the oddsmakers start issuing all kinds of crazy prop bets. That’s been going on for a while now, so it appears that MMA has arrived!

But after Conor McGregor’s 40-second destruction of Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 246 on Saturday, what are the oddsmakers saying is next for the Irish superstar?

Our friends over at BetOnline have the latest odds on what’s next for McGregor, as well as a few other combat sports related odds, including Jorge Masvidal and Floyd Mayweather.


Conor McGregor Props

McGregor’s next opponent in 2020

  • Jorge Masvidal – 1/2
  • Khabib Nurmagomedov – 3/1
  • Justin Gaethje – 6/1
  • Kamaru Usman – 9/1
  • Nate Diaz – 10/1
  • Floyd Mayweather – 12/1
  • Tony Ferguson – 14/1

Conor McGregor Fights 2020 (Boxing or MMA)

  • Over 3-1/2 Fights +250 (5/2)
  • Under 3-1/2 Fights -400 (1/4)

TRENDING > UFC 246: Conor McGregor vs. Cowboy Cerrone recap video


Floyd Mayweather Props

Will Floyd Mayweather fight Conor McGregor in 2020?

  • Yes +500 (5/1)
  • No -1000 (1/10)

Will Floyd Mayweather fight Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2020?

  • Yes +500 (5/1)
  • No -1000 (1/10)

Jorge Masvidal Props

Nate Diaz vs Jorge Masvidal

  • Nate Diaz +250 (5/2)
  • Jorge Masvidal -300 (1/3)

Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal

  • Kamaru Usman -260 (5/13)
  • Jorge Masvidal +200 (2/1)

Conor McGregor vs Jorge Masvidal

  • Conor McGregor +140 (7/5)
  • Jorge Masvidal -160 (5/8)

Roxanne Modafferi has message for people who placed bets on her (UFC 246 Post-Fight)

Roxanne Modafferi UFC 246 post fight

Roxanne Modafferi talked about her victory over Maycee Barber at the UFC 246 post-fight scrum. She even had a message for those people that placed bets on her.

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TRENDING > Roxanne Modafferi hands Maycee Barber her first career loss at UFC 246


 

Roxanne Modafferi hands Maycee Barber her first career loss at UFC 246

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Roxanne Modafferi handed Maycee Barber her first career loss on Saturday at UFC 246 and ended the rapid rise of the young flyweight. Barber entered the bout with an 8-0 record with finishes over all of her previous UFC opponents. The 21-year old aspired to become the youngest UFC champion.

Modafferi entered the octagon as the biggest underdog on the fight card. The experienced veteran wanted to show the world that she’s a contender in the division. She did that by soundly defeating the up-and-comer.

Barber took the fight to Modaferri and aggressively pressed the pace in the opening round. Modaferri stayed composed and began to put together combinations. She closed the distance and took Barber down after landing a hard right hand. On the ground, Modaferri showed that her grappling is world class. She improved her position and mounted Barber. Barber scrambled and gained top position in the closing seconds but Modaferri dominated the round.

In the second frame, Modaferri stepped in with a jab and Barber fell to the canvas. It looked like a knockdown but the replay revealed that Barber had suffered a knee injury. She immediately grabbed her knee after hitting the ground.

Modaferri followed Barber to the canvas. She quickly moved to side control and then advanced to the mount position. She postured up and delivered punches and elbows but Barber reversed the position midway through the round. Moments later, Modafferi revered Barber and ended the frame in top position.

TRENDING > UFC 246 Live Results: McGregor vs. Cowboy (results & fight stats)

At the end of the frame, Barber limped back to her corner. A doctor was called in to check her leg and demeaned that she was able to continue. Barber’s mobility was severely compromised and she was a stationary target for Modaferri’s striking. Modaferri landed power punches and elbows before taking the fight to the ground. The bout went the distance but was largely one-sided. Modaferri won every round.

“I see that Maycee’s leg is injured, so I wish her a very speedy recovery,” said Modafferi after the win.

With the win, Modaferri rebounded from a decision loss to Jennifer Maia in her last outing. Ranked at No. 7 in the division, Modaferri showed that she’s still a dangerous opponent in the weight class.

“I want to prove that I’m not just a veteran gatekeeper. I’m still getting stronger and I belong in the top ten,” she said.

UFC 246 Post-Fight Press Conference video

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Following Saturday’s UFC 246 pay-per-view event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the big winners and marquee names fielded questions from the media during the event’s post-fight press conference.  Hear from Conor McGregor and UFC president Dana White, among others. 

RELATED > UFC 246 Live Results: McGregor vs. Cowboy (results & fight stats)

Conor McGregor returns to form, destroys Cowboy Cerrone in 40 seconds at UFC 246

Conor McGregor UFC 246 walk-off knockout

Conor McGregor is back!

It took all of 40 seconds for the UFC’s first dual-division champion to prove his worth as the biggest superstar in all of combat sports.

McGregor had been out of the Octagon for more than a year prior to this fight. He lost to lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov the last time he fought. Everyone wondered if the ring rust had set in or if we would see the Irishman rebound to his former glory.

Cowboy entered the cage on Saturday night on the heels of back-to-back losses to Justin Gaethje and Tony Ferguson. A win over a superstar the likes of McGregor could only propel his career to even loftier heights and perhaps put him on the fast track back to title contention.

As soon as the round started, so did McGregor. He stormed across the cage, missing with a wild left hand, but grazed Cerrone with a knee to the face as he ducked the punch. McGregor then clinched and nailed Cerrone with several shoulder punches, one of which may have broken Cerrone’s nose.

“I change levels with that and come up into it, so it’s a good shot,” McGregor said after the fight, confirming that it was a maneuver he had been working on in the gym.

Cowboy backed away, but McGregor was relentless, landing a head kick that staggered his prey before landing a thunderous left hand that had Cowboy crouching. The Irishman kept dropping punches and elbows as Cerrone hit the canvas. He continued, relentless, until referee Herb Dean could only call a halt to the beating.

“Made history here tonight. I’m the first fighter in UFC history to secure knockout victories in three divisions. I’m very proud of that,” McGregor said after the fight before taking a shot at the UFC for stripping him of his championship belts in the past.

“They can strip fighters… but they can’t give knockout victories across multiple division. There you go, etch my name in history again.”

McGregor was certainly adamant about proclaiming his return to the top of the heap, but admitted that he doesn’t feel he’s back to full form.

“I like this weight division. I feel really good. I still got work to do to get back to where I was,” he said. “Every one of these fools can come and get it!”


TRENDING > Holly Holm decisions Raquel Pennington in UFC 246 co-main event


A bit shell-shocked, Cowboy of course couldn’t help but give McGregor his due.

“I never seen anything like (those shoulder punches). It caught me way off guard. I got my ass whipped early,” he admitted after receiving a hug from his grandma, who had joined him in the Octagon.

There had been little to no animosity between the two leading up to their UFC 246 main event. McGregor showed that again after the fight, waiting for Cowboy to finish his interview before shaking his hand and then giving a warm embrace to Cerrone’s grandma.

Holly Holm decisions Raquel Pennington in UFC 246 co-main event

At UFC 184 in February 2015, Holly Holm defeated Raquel Pennington by split decision in Holm’s debut inside the octagon. On Saturday, the two met for a second time in the UFC 246 co-main event.

Since the loss to Holm five years ago, Pennington has wanted a rematch. Their first fightHolly Holm UFC 219 Media Day was razor close, but that wasn’t the case in the rematch.

Holm, known for her striking, kept most of the fight at close distance inside the clinch. She muscled Pennington against the cage and controlled her. She employed that strategy throughout the fight. When the two were at distance, Holm used kicks to keep Pennington on the outside. Pennington wasn’t able to find her range and resorted to rushing in with power punches. Holm would either counter strike or clinch.

In the second round, Pennington was able to force Holm to disengage by delivering knees to the body, but was unable to prevent Holm from regaining the position. The fight went the distance with Holm winning by unanimous decision, but she wasn’t satisfied with her performance.

RELATED > UFC 246 Live Results: McGregor vs. Cowboy (results & fight stats)

“I was just ready for whatever. I wish I would have struck more with her. I apologize that I didn’t showcase any of that. I mean, she’s tough. You never know where she’ll take the fight,” said Holm following the win.

“I was trying to just strike more in the clinch. Throw some elbows and some things I’ve been working on. We have a victory, but I still really want to do a lot better than my performance tonight,” added the former champion.

With the dominant win, Holm set her sights on another title shot. She was defeated by champion Amanda Nunes in her last outing by knockout.

“I really do feel like I could be champion again, and that’s what I want to do. I want to show you guys what I’ve got,” she said.

UFC 246 bonuses awarded to the finishers on the fight card

Conor McGregor weigh-ins tongue out

Following Saturday’s UFC 246 pay-per-view event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the fight promotion announced the recipients of the performance-based bonuses from the fight card. Five fighters were awarded an extra $50,000.

The fight card featured 11 bouts. Five fights ended in finishes and each of those winners were awarded a bonus. Conor McGregor, Aleksei Oleinik, Brian Kelleher, Carlos Diego Ferreira, and Drew Dober earned Performance of the Night rewards. 

McGregor returned to the octagon for the first time since October 2018 in the main event against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. McGregor only needed 40 seconds to put Cerrone away and score his first career knockout in the welterweight division.

RELATED > UFC 246 fighter salaries: Conor McGregor towers over the event and the fighter payroll

Oleinik defeated Maurice Greene by submission late in the second round of their heavyweight match to bank his bonus. Kelleher finished Ode Osbourne by guillotine choke while Ferreira took out former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis via neck crank to secure their bonus checks. Dober made quick work of Nasrat Haqparast on his way to a bonus. Dober stopped Nasrat Haqparast with punches 70 seconds into their lightweight contest.

UFC 246 took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. 19,040 spectators were in attendance for McGregor’s return generating $11,089,129.30 in gate receipts.

UFC 246 fighter salaries: Conor McGregor towers over the event and the fighter payroll

Conor McGregor Irish Flag at UFC 246

UFC 246 was littered with outstanding performances and fantastic finishes, but perhaps none so spectacular as the return of Conor McGregor, who reenforced his position as the top draw in the mixed martial arts world.

While McGregor would easily have been forgiven for a slow start to shake off more than a year’s worth of ring rust, he didn’t so much as have to brush the dust off of his sleeve.

McGregor stormed the Octagon and Cerrone, leaving Cowboy in a heap just 40 seconds into the opening round of the UFC 246 main event.

The Irishman said before the event that he believed he’d earn somewhere in the neighborhood of $80 million from this fight when all was said and done. That’s always difficult to track, particularly when we don’t know all the various income streams to which he was referring.

McGregor did, however, top the UFC 246 list of fighter salaries at $3 million. He’ll certainly earn quite a bit more than that when pay-per-view points are added to the equation, but that number isn’t publicly disclosed.

Cerrone and his former teammate, UFC 246 co-main eventer Holly Holm, fell far behind McGregor in disclosed payout, each of them earning $200,000.

The figures in the reported UFC 246 fighter salaries below represent the disclosed payroll submitted to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Any other discretionary bonuses, pay-per-view points, etc., are not disclosed to the regulatory body and are not included here.

UFC 246: McGregor vs. Cowboy took place on Saturday, Jan. 18, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.


TRENDING > Conor McGregor returns to form, destroys Cowboy Cerrone in 40 seconds at UFC 246


UFC 246: McGregor vs. Cowboy Fighter Salaries

  • Conor McGregor $3 million (no win bonus) def. Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone $200,000
  • Holly Holm $200,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus) def. Raquel Pennington $63,000
  • Aleksei Oleinik $150,000 (includes $75,000 win bonus) def. Maurice Greene $30,000
  • Brian Kelleher $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus) def. Ode Osborne $10,000
  • Diego Ferreira $100,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus) def. Anthony Pettis $155,000
  • Roxanne Modafferi $62,000 (includes $31,000 win bonus) def. Maycee Barber $29,000
  • Sodiq Yusuff $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus) def. Andre Fili $55,000
  • Askar Askarov $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Tim Elliott $31,000
  • Drew Dober $110,000 (includes $55,000 win bonus) def. Nasrat Haqparast $25,000
  • Aleksa Camur $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) vs. Justin Ledet $20,000
  • Sabina Mazo $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) vs. JJ Aldrich $30,000

Following Conor McGregor’s crushing KO, Floyd Mayweather teases 2020 rematch

Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor 2 poster

UFC president Dana White has been adamant that his new partnership with Floyd Mayweather Jr. has nothing to do with a Conor McGregor rematch. Mayweather may have a different take on the situation.

After McGregor crushed Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in 40 seconds in the UFC 246 main event on Saturday, Mayweather was quick to push out a tease on his Instagram seeming to indicate he wants a rematch with McGregor in 2020.

Much like when McGregor was trying to will the first fight with Mayweather into existence, White has been denying that he’s even entertaining a rematch right now. 

“Floyd is obviously still a huge name, a huge draw. One of the biggest guys in all of boxing right now. I believe that I can add value to him. He believes he can add value to what I want to do. So we pretty much, that day at the basketball game, agreed that we should be doing business together. We’ll probably start talking this summer to get something done,” White said recently.

“Yeah (we are talking about him competing again in boxing), but I think there’s a lot of different things we could do together. But that’s definitely one of them. I think he still believes he’s a big draw. I do too. And we think that together, which we already proved, we could blow it out of the water. And we’ll try to do that again this year.”

White insisted he’s not talking about Mayweather vs. McGregor 2, “Not right now, no. That’s not even what I’m thinking right now. (Even if Conor were to commit to MMA for a while first.)”


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Following UFC 246, White remained elusive when it came to Mayweather, even when confronted with the idea that perhaps Mayweather wants the rematch now as much as McGregor does.

“Floyd is in our plans and we’re in his plans this year and we’ll end up doing something.”

Maybe it’s Mayweather’s turn to will the rematch into existence. Somehow, it doesn’t seem that it would be as much of a stretch as the first fight seemed.