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Conor McGregor Makes His UFC Return With Win Over Diego Brandao

Andrew Ravens

UFC Fight Night 46

Conor McGregor made his Octagon return in his hometown of Dublin and picked up the victory. The crowd, the atmosphere just made it for a very fitting ending to a great night of fights. Conor McGregor rocked Diego Brandao, which led Brandao to drop and McGregor swarmed all over him leading to victory.

Diego Brandao (18-10 MMA, 4-3 UFC) has 9 knockouts, 5 submissions and 4 decision victories, while he has been knocked out 5 times, submitted once and lost by decision three times. Prior to joining the UFC he was on a three fight winning streak. He made his UFC debut against Dennis Bermudez which he won via armbar at UFC – The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale on Dec / 03 / 2011. He lost against Darren Elkins via unanimous decision at UFC 146 – Dos Santos vs. Mir on May / 26 / 2012. He went on a three fight winning streak, he beat Joey Gambino via unanimous decision at UFC 153 – Silva vs. Bonnar on Oct / 13 / 2012, Pablo Garza via Arm-Triangle Choke at UFC on Fuel TV 9 – Mousasi vs. Latifi on Apr / 06 / 2013 and then Daniel Pineda via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night – Shogun vs. Sonnen on Aug / 17 / 2013. In his last fight he lost to Dustin Poirier via 1st Rd KO at UFC 168 – Weidman vs. Silva 2 on Dec / 28 / 2013.

Conor McGregor (15-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC) tries to continue his ten fight winning streak and get that very elusive 11 fight win streak against Cole Miller. In his last four fights this is how his history goes. He beat Dave Hill via rear naked choke back in June of 2012 to win the vacant Cage Warriors FC Featherweight Championship.

McGregor’s next fight was for another weight class championship against Ivan Buchinger via knockout back in December of 2012. He left the promotion to make his UFC debut with a knockout of the night win over Marcus Brimage in April of 2013. Finally, he beat Max Holloway via unanimous decision in August.

Here is the play by play from that fight:

Round 1: Conor with a spinning back kick to the gut right out of the gate. They are exchanging right out of the gate. Brandao shoots in, he clinches and puts Conor on the fence. However, Conor reveres and get’s the outside advantage. They scramble and Conor get’s the takedown. Conor in top position, Brandao looks for a leg, but Conor slides. Conor lands a series of elbows, Brandao kicks his way out and we are standing. Conor T’s off with a head kick and a flurry of strikes. Brandao fires back with his own. Brandao working the over hand right. Conor tags Brandao and Brandao falls, Conor fires away with ground and pound, the referee steps in and this one is over! What a homecoming.

Result: Conor McGregor def. Diego Brandao via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:05


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