Well how about that. If you weathered the call of your bed and stayed up to watch UFC 189 you were rewarded with one of the greatest main cards in the organisation’s history. Two spectacular knee KOs, the magical ground game which led to Gunnar Nelson’s submission win, the simply epic battle between Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald and then Conor McGregor fighting through the fire to make good on his prediction of a second round stoppage.
Conor McGregor survived being put on his back, where he ate a series of heavy elbows, proved himself to have a granite chin and finally landed the left hand needed to shut Chad Mendes down. With the interim belt around his waist The Notorious’s fight against Jose Aldo is know the biggest in UFC history. Having talked the talk in the build-up, here’s the moment McGregor walked the walk to UFC gold.
Was this the greatest fight of all time? That’s a question best left until a good night’s sleep has been had but Robbie Lawler proved himself a champion by battling back to pummel MacDonald in to submission in this incredible battle.