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What next for Conor McGregor, Jose Aldo and the UFC after Las Vegas drama

Published 13/12/2015 | 07:35

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 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 lands the pivotal punch on Jose Aldo's jaw
Conor McGregor, right, lands a left punch on Jose Aldo, resulting in a knock-out stoppage after 13 seconds of round one. UFC 194: Jose Aldo v Conor McGregor, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
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 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
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
December 12, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Jose Aldo before fighting against Conor McGregor 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
December 12, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; 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
December 12, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; 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
December 12, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; 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 lands punches to win b technical knockout against Jose Aldo during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. 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
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

After nearly a year in the making last night's UFC 194 featherweight title fight shocked the entire MMA world.

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We knew both men had real KO power and we believed Conor when he said he could get it done in the first. But thirteen seconds into the very first round was not on anyone's radar.

Describing his win McGregor was almost poetic. The winning shot was 'precision not power' based on 'timing not speed'. No-one can deny that he is as good as he says he is.

In the aftermath of last night let's take a look at some of the next steps for the principles.

Next for the Notorious

Christmas off and what ever he fancies in 2016.

He is the undisputed king of the featherweight division and will probably fight Frankie Edgar next. Don't rule our that being the main event at UFC 200 in the new Las Vegas arena. Dont rule out that being his last featherweight fight either. By destroying Aldo in 13 seconds he doesn't need to do anything else at 145lbs. I'd expect we'll see him at 155lbs in 2016 as well.

He is also the undisputed star of the UFC. He's PPV gold, a media darling and possibly one of the greatest fighters of all time. While the UFC normally discourage flip flopping between weight division, Conor will be allowed do what ever he likes.

Next for Aldo

The lightweight division.

He needs to get some distance from Conor and a few wins. He's threatened the move up for some time and has always found the weight cut to 145lbs tough. There is no need for a rematch. There is no questions left to answer. If you cant survive 13 seconds why would you expect to be granted another 25 minutes.

Next for the UFC

Harness the McGregor factor all the way to the bank.

For starters, they need to renegotiate the Reebok deal. €70 million for 6 years for 580 odd fighters is a pittance. They would pay that for Conor alone.

Conor says wants to be a dual weight champion and defend both belts. The UFC should look to make this happen because it could be a long, long time before any fighter is in this position again. If he succeeds it would be the stuff of legend.

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