LAS VEGAS – Isibhakela sokuqala sikaConor McGregor sishiye uDonald Cerrone nekhala elinegazi. Kusele imizuzwana engu-20 nje, uCerrone wehliswe ibhola elibekwe ekhanda futhi ngokungenasihawu waphelela phansi.

Ngesikhathi ehambisa indandatho ephethe ifulegi lase-Ireland emahlombe akhe, uMcGregor wakhombisa ngenkulu injabulo emhlabeni wezobuciko bempi ukuthi usebuyile.

Lowo owayengumpetha wezigaba ezimbili ngaleyo ndlela uqede inkathi yeminyaka emithathu yokungenzi lutho futhi wabhekana nobunzima ngokudlala esisindweni se-welterweight e-UFC 246 ngoMgqibelo ebusuku okunanela izimpi zakhe ezinkulu phakathi nokukhuphuka kwakhe ngendlela engenakuqhathaniswa.

“Ngizizwa ngikahle ngempela, futhi ngiphume lapho ngingenamyocu,” kusho uMcGregor. “Ngisesimweni. Kunomsebenzi okumele siwenze ukuze sibuyele lapho bengikhona.

Emuva kokulimaza uCerrone (36-14) ngesibhakela sakhe sokuqala, uMcGregor (22-4) wamlahla ngokukhahlela emhlathini. UMcGregor ungene ngokunyenya waphoqa unompempe uHerb Dean ukuthi asindise uCerrone, wajabulisa isixuku sabangu-19,040 e-T-Mobile Arena.

Isandla sikaMcGregor besingakaze siphakanyiswe ekunqobeni kusukela ngoNovemba 2016, ngesikhathi emisa u-Eddie Alvarez ekubeni umshayi wokuqala emlandweni we-UFC ukubamba amabhande amabili omqhudelwano ngesikhathi esisodwa.

 

Ngokuduma kwakhe nengcebo yakhe yanda, uMcGregor walwa kuphela umdlalo wakhe wesibhakela noFloyd Mayweather ngo-2017 futhi walahlekelwa yimpi ye-UFC eyayisohlangothini olulodwa kumpetha we-lightweight u-Khabib Nurmagomedov ngasekupheleni kuka-2018.

“Ubengathembisene umshado,” kusho uMcGregor ngesikhathi ekhuluma nezintatheli ephethe ibhodlela lewhisky yakhe iProper Twelve phezu kwetafula phambi kwakhe. “Nganginomuzwa wokuthi angibahloniphi abantu abakholelwa kimina nabangesekayo. Yilokho okuholele ekutheni ngiphinde ngigxile futhi ngibuyele lapho engangikhona.

Ngemuva kokuchitha unyaka ngaphandle kokuncintisana futhi esenkingeni yomthetho, uMcGregor wabuyela ekuqeqesheni futhi wafunga ukuthi uzobuyela kwabasezingeni eliphezulu. Lokhu kunqoba okumangalisayo kuCerrone kukhombise ukuthi usemzileni ofanele, kanti uMcGregor ufunge wagomela ukuthi uzolwa kaningi ngo-2020.

Umpetha we-Welterweight uKamaru Usman kanye nomakadebona wokulwa uJorge Masvidal babukele i-UFC 246 besekhejini. Omunye angase abe yimbangi kaMcGregor, kodwa umengameli we-UFC, uDana White, ufuna impinda noNurmagomedov, oqale ukulwa noTony Ferguson ngo-Ephreli.

"Noma iyiphi yalezi ziwula eziyisiphukuphuku ingakwenza," kusho uMcGregor kumbhobho. “Ngamunye wabo angayithola. Akukhathaliseki. Ngibuyile futhi sengilungile.

UCerrone ungumlweli owine kunabo bonke emlandweni we-UFC owine izikhathi ezingu-23, uphawu olubonisa kokubili ukuqina kwakhe nokuzibophezela kwakhe ohlelweni olumatasa ngokungavamile. UCerrone, ophinde abe nerekhodi le-UFC enqobe ama-stop izikhathi ezingu-16, uselwe izikhathi ezingu-11 kusukela uMcGregor enqoba u-Alvarez, futhi ubesekhejini ihlandla leshumi nanhlanu selokhu ehlulwe wukuphela kweshodi lakhe esicoco se-UFC ngoDisemba 2015.

Kodwa izimpi ezimbili zokugcina zikaCerrone zanqamuka ngesikhathi elimaza kakhulu, futhi akakwazanga ukuvimba ibhola likaMcGregor eliwujuqu noma alulame ekujezisweni phansi.

“Angikaze ngikubone okufana nalokhu,” kusho uCerrone. “Wangiphuka ikhala, ngaqala ngopha, ngahlehla wangikhahlela ekhanda. O, ndoda. Ingabe lokhu kwenzeka ngokushesha okungaka? “