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'It has been a lifetime of work to get to that 13 seconds' - Conor McGregor pays respect to fallen champion Jose Aldo

Published 13/12/2015 | 14:12

Conor McGregor lands the pivotal punch on Jose Aldo's jaw
Conor McGregor lands the pivotal punch on Jose Aldo's jaw
December 12, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor before fighting against Jose Aldo during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Conor McGregor ahead of his featherweigh bout against Jose Aldo. UFC 194: Jose Aldo v Conor McGregor, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
Conor McGregor reacts after defeating Jose Aldo during a featherweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 194, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
December 12, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor moves in to land punches and win via technical knockout against Jose Aldo during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Conor McGregor has taken to social media to thank the fans for their support following his win over reigning champion Jose Aldo.

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McGregor wrote on his Facebook page that he is "extremely grateful and proud to be in the position I am in".

"To the naked eye it was 13 seconds, but to my team and my family it has been a lifetime of work to get to that 13 seconds," he wrote.

He congratulated the staff at the UFC on an "amazing 2015" and added that he considers it "an honour to be playing a part in this great company's continued growth and success and an honor to top off a phenomenal week in the sports history".

He thanked all his fans who travelled to Vegas to see him take the title in thirteen seconds with a knockout punch.

"The traveling Irish are untouchable when it comes to creating the atmosphere needed to make a week like this what it was. I am forever blown away by the support of my country."

McGregor paid his respects to Jose Aldo, and expressed his expectation that the champion would be back to fight for the belt.

"Respect to a great champion in Jose Aldo. The true greats will always overcome adversity. I wish him and his loyal team well on their journey back. Much respect."

Conor McGregor defeated Jose Aldo in thirteen seconds with a knockout punch. The Brazilian featherweight world champion had been undefeated since 2005.

Irish fans at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas were delirious following the bout, which was the quickest knockout in UFC history.

McGregor told journalists at the post-fight press conference that even he was surprised with the brevity of the fight. He revealed that he told José in the ring "look, we can go again".

"Although it's a nice feeling to get the knock-out, it's kind of not nice as well... I had a little moment where I felt sorry for Jose."

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