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McGregor dominates in Boston to record another UFC victory

The Irish MMA fighter overcame Max Holloway by unanimous decision on his US debut.

McGregor and Holloway.
McGregor and Holloway.
Image: UFC

IRELAND’S CONOR MCGREGOR has won his second UFC bout by unanimous decision.

The featherweight fighter recorded victory (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) thanks to a dominant performance and despite picking up a knee injury midway through the second round.

McGregor received a warm reception upon walking out at TD Garden to Dropkick Murphys’ ‘I’m Shipping Up To Boston’ and clearly had the crowd on his side in a city with a large Irish contingent.

Regarded as favourite going into the fight, he began confidently – throwing a combination of straight punches and different styles of kicks at Hawaiian opponent Max Holloway and landing several along the way.

The second round started in a similar vein with Holloway unable to deal with McGregor’s powerful strikes but he then changed up his gameplan and used a series of takedowns as the pair battled on the floor. Afterwards, he revealed the move was due to a knee injury.

“I wanted to keep it standing and put him away,” said McGregor. “In the second round I caught a kick, tried to advance past his half-guard and he caught my leg in an awkward position. He bridge-and-rolled, and my whole knee just popped out.

When we stood back up, I was wobbly on it so I had to look for the takedown. I’m not happy I didn’t get the finish but this support is unreal. I’m lost for words.

“I knew Max was a great competitor and I knew he would give me great exchanges. When I got that injury, (I thought) you must improvise, adapt and overcome, because anything can happen inside this Octagon.”

He also tweeted:

While this win will not send shockwaves around the sport in the way that his TKO against Marcus Brimage did back in April, McGregor was impressive yet again and his stock continues to rise.

Watch the post-fight interview below:

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