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Jan. 21, 2020, 11:19 a.m. EST

After UFC win, Conor McGregor and Trump trade compliments

Conor McGregor beat Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in UFC 246 in only 40 seconds

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By Associated Press


John Locher
Conor McGregor reacts during a media event.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — After three years without a victory, Conor McGregor needed only 40 seconds to reclaim his place at the center of the mixed martial arts world.

McGregor’s dynamic stoppage of Donald Cerrone in UFC 246 on Saturday night put the Irish superstar firmly in control of the future of two UFC divisions.

Every elite lightweight and welterweight will practically beg for his shot against a fighter who still commands the world’s attention like nobody else. A refocused McGregor seems eager to make up for lost time after three years of inactivity and outside-the-cage misbehavior, suggesting he could fight three more times this year.

“The whole world lights up when I fight,” McGregor said. “So I want to get back out there again.”

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Days after the fight, McGregor took to Twitter /zigman2/quotes/203180645/composite TWTR -1.89%   to send some kind words to U.S. President Donald Trump. “Phenomenal President,” McGregor wrote . He also went on to post an emoji of a goat, which is stands for “Greatest Of All Time.”

President Trump responded to the UFC champion with a congratulatory message on Twitter.

The contenders are already lining up for fight McGregor next.

Popular welterweight brawler Jorge Masvidal would welcome a showdown, while welterweight champion Kamaru Usman would love to defend his title against McGregor. Both fighters watched McGregor’s victory from cageside, and Masvidal even tried to goad McGregor in curious fashion by wearing the same Versace robe that McGregor famously wore a few years ago to an open workout.

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But many want McGregor to wait for a fight against lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who beat McGregor in October 2018 and subsequently sparked an ugly brawl outside the cage. The bad feelings from that promotion haven’t healed, and UFC President Dana White believes the rematch could rival the profitability of McGregor’s boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.

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