Apart from all the bravado and “mysticism”, Conor McGregor is known for his ability to swiftly finish his opponents. His 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo to win the undisputed featherweight crown at UFC 194 in 2015 remains to be one of the most noteworthy highlight reel finishes in recent UFC history.
But during his early professional years, “The Notorious” was actually able to end fights way quicker. The fastest knockout of his career happened at Immortal Fighting Championship 4 on April 16th 2011 in Letterkenny, Ireland against Paddy Doherty.
The fight was over even before either man broke a sweat. They touched gloves, circled around each other a bit, and as Doherty lunged forward to throw combinations, McGregor stepped back and threw a left hook that landed flush. Doherty fell down to the mat, and after one follow-up punch from McGregor, the referee intervened to stop the fight. It all happened within just four seconds of action.
With the Nevada Athletic Commission’s approval of the smaller eight-ounce gloves, McGregor now feels he can pull off another quick knockout and finish Floyd Mayweather Jr. inside a round or two.
Mayweather vs. McGregor happens on Saturday, August 26th, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.