Now that he has had time to decompress and digest the news that he is the unified Featherweight champion of the world, Conor McGregor took a moment to thank all his loyal followers who have been with him on his journey to success.
McGregor devoured Brazilian fighter Jose Aldo with just 13 seconds on the clock to unify the world title along with his interim belt which he won after he defeated Chad Mendes in July. McGregor was not the bookies preference ahead of this bout. Jose Aldo came into this fight on the back of a decade of dominance in which he successfully defended his title seven times in the last four years.
And he was expected to extend that record by one last night in the MGM Grand Arena.
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But the former champion capitulated under the weight of McGregor's swinging left hand and referee John McCarthy was forced to intervene.
McGregor was photographed at his after-party in Las Vegas but he has also taken the opportunity to his social media sites to post a tribute message to all his fans throughout the world.
Thank you for all the kind messages! I am 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. Congratulations to the staff at the UFC on a historic week in the sports history and an amazing 2015 for the company. It is an honor to be playing a part in this great companies continued growth and success and an honor to top off a phenomenal week in the sports history. Thank you to all the fans who travelled and made this week what it was!! 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. We have changed the game forever!!! 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. Thank you all!!!
A photo posted by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on Dec 13, 2015 at 6:02am PST