UFC FN 26: Conor McGregor lives up to the hype, tops Max Holloway

UFC FN 26: Conor McGregor lives up to the hype, tops Max Holloway

Former Cage Warriors two-division champion Conor McGregor didn’t let the pre-fight hype get to him.

McGregor, making his U.S. fighting debut, controlled Max Holloway for his second UFC victory Saturday night at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen.

Over the past few days, McGregor (14-2) has been cast into the media spotlight like no prelim fighter before. He held his own media day, had a poster contest and was part of the pre-fight press conference alongside the likes of Urijah Faber, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Chael Sonnen.

“I am lost for words,” said McGregor, when asked about all the hype leading up to his bout. “Honestly, I don’t know.”

Early on, it appeared McGregor was going to earn another quick finish, but Holloway didn’t go away. The Irish fighter admitted he suffered a knee injury in the second and had to alter his plan.

“I knew Max was a tough competitor,” he said. “I had to overcome (the injury) because anything can happen inside here.

“I had to change up my game plan.”

McGregor was given a full entrance, complete with multiple music choices, dimmed lights and a crowd ovation normally given to Boston-area legends.

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