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Facts and Numbers Behind the McGregor vs. Cerrone Fight

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    Since we have a long-awaited, and pretty interesting fight coming, I thought I'd dig into both fighters, and see how they stack up. A layman like myself, mostly knows fighters solely by reputation, and not as much by their accomplishments over their careers. When it comes to Conor McGregor (21-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) and Donald Cerrone (36-13 MMA, 23-10 UFC), they both have lengthy lists of accomplishments, and in my mind, will make for a pretty watchable fight. Let's dive in.

    Conor McGregor:

    He returns to the welterweight division for the first time since 2016, where he went 1 for 1 during his first stint in the weight class.

    He was the first two simultaneous two-division champions in UFC History.

    He's one of seven fighters to win titles in two different weight classes in UFC history.

    One of nine fighters to earn victories in three weight classes in the UFC.

    Earned 18 of 21 career victories by knockout, which includes 7 of his 9 wins in the UFC.

    One of five fighters to earn three knockdowns during a single fight in two different weight classes.

    His 13 second knockout against Jose Aldo is marked as the fastest title-fight stoppage in UFC history.

    He's the Only Fighter to receive fight night bonuses in eight consecutive bouts in UFC history. No other fighter has been awarded such a bonus in more than 6 consecutive fights.

    Donald Cerrone:

    Cerrone has the most appearances in UFC history with 34 bouts.

    He makes his 44th UFC/WEC appearance which is the most in combined history.

    He returned to the welterweight division for the first time since 2018, where he went 6 for 4 in that weight class.

    His 23 appearances since 2014 are the most in UFC company history.

    His 23 victories are the most in UFC are the most in company history.

    Cerrone's 29 victories in UFC/WEC/PRIDE/Strikeforce are the most wins in combined company history.

    His 16 stoppage victories are the most in UFC company history.

    He has 7 knockout victories from kicks, which is the most in UFC history. No other fighter has more than 4.

    His 20 knockdowns in UFC are the most in company history.

    He has the most fight night bonuses in the UFC, which adds up at 18.

    I thought these facts might give more perspective on the two fighters. They both have a lot under their belt. Although it's still a mixed bag as to which one will come out on top. They're both high level strikers, with a combined 28 knockouts. Cerrone is considered one of the most well-rounded fighters in MMA, but McGregor has ended more fights with his hands. In fact, he has 18 KO or TKO wins on his record, while Cerrone has 10. Grappling and submission weigh in Cerone's favor, but McGregor is solid enough defensively to stay on his feet, which could give him more time to end the bout with his fists. What does everyone else think? Am I missing anything here?

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    I agree that Cowboy is better all around. If Conor can keep the fight off the mat the whole time he will probably win. But I suspect Donald will take him down at least a few times and if and when that happens I expect for Cerrone to come out on top. McGregor wouldn't take a fight at this stage in his career though if he felt like it was a 50/50 proposition (like I think it is) so it leads me to think he feels confident he can win this fight and its not just about the money and the spotlight. I want Cerrone to win, but I know how much of a scrapper Conor is - it'll be close either way.
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    It wasn't as close as we both thought. 40 seconds is all it took for McGregor to put Cerrone down. Cerrone definitely put up a fight, but getting his nose broken by McGregor's shoulder just a handful of seconds in definitely took a lot of wind out of his sails. It was still a good fight though.