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'Nobody can take that left hand' - Conor McGregor on the fastest knockout in UFC history

Published 13/12/2015 | 06:29

Conor McGregor exits the octagon following his championship victory against Jose Aldo during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Conor McGregor exits the octagon following his championship victory against Jose Aldo during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Conor McGregor celebrates his championship victory against Jose Aldo during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Conor McGregor celebrates his championship victory against Jose Aldo during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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 is pulled away by the official and wins via technical knockout against Jose Aldo during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Jose Aldo before fighting against Conor McGregor during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Conor McGregor is declared the winner by knockout and crowned champion against Jose Aldo during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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
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 lands punches to win b technical knockout against Jose Aldo during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Conor McGregor celebrates his win against Jose Aldo during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Conor McGregor destroyed the pound-for-pound best fighter in the UFC Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds to become the undisputed UFC featherweight champion with the fastest ever knockout in a title fight.

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The 27-year-old picked off the Brazilian with a peach of a left hand as his opponent came forward to send the MGM Grand into raptures.

He has now achieved what he has always said he would and claimed it was the technique and not power that devastated the reigning champion.

"Nobody can take that left hand shot. He's powerful and he's fast but precision beats power and timing beats speed," he said.

"I feel for Jose, he's a phenomenal champion. We deserved to go a little bit longer but I still feel at the end of the day that precision beats power and timing beats speed... it would have happened sooner or later.

"These are four inch gloves, that's all it takes and especially when you add my left hand. No one can take my left hand shot.

"I swear to God, yesterday at the weigh-in I didn't want to get off the stage. The last time in July I didn't embrace it and I wanted to embrace it more.

"This time I was a helluva lot more in the moment."

"Ireland baby, we did it."

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