Conor McGregor displayed incredible offensive skills in his victory over Max Holloway Saturday night at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen.
And, while McGregor was unable to put Holloway away, he did more than enough to live up to the pre-fight hype presented to him.
McGregor, a former Cage Warriors featherweight and lightweight champion, picked Holloway apart before suffering a knee injury in the second that caused him to alter his plan of attack.
“I wanted to put him away,” said McGregor, who improved to 14-2 in his career, “but I had to change up my game plan (after the knee injury).”
McGregor, making his U.S. debut, was given a star-studded entrance, as the TD Garden recognized him as a main event fighter despite the bout taking place on the prelims. He held his own media day last week and was part of the pre-fight press conference.
Asked about all the hype surrounding just his second UFC bout, the Irish fighter stated, “Honestly, I don’t know. I am lost for words.”