Conor McGregor has marked his return to combined martial arts with a definitive UFC victory, beating Donald Cerrone in simply 40 seconds.

The 31-year-old Irishman stopped his American opponent with a punch to the nostril swiftly adopted by left kick to the pinnacle.

Conor McGregor beat Donald Cerrone in just 40 seconds
Picture: He knocked out Cerrone with a swift kick to the pinnacle

Flooring Cerrone, McGregor then completed the battle on the ground, to the delight of the sell-out crowd in Las Vegas.

Talking after the battle, McGregor stated: “I really feel actually good, and I got here out of right here unscathed. I am in form. We have work to do to get again to the place I used to be.”

The Irish former two-division champion had walked to the cage carrying the Irish flag.

Following his defeat, Cerrone stated: “I would by no means seen something like that. He busted my nostril, it began bleeding, and he stepped again and head-kicked me. Oh, man. This occurred this quick?”

Regardless of earlier exhibits of unsportsmanlike conduct, McGregor spoke to Cerrone after the bout, and even hugged his opponent’s grandmother when she entered the octagon to hug her defeated grandson.

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It is McGregor’s first win in three years, following a stint away from the UFC.

In November 2016 he stopped light-weight Eddie Alvarez to turn out to be the primary fighter in UFC historical past to carry two championship belts concurrently.

He went on to lose a 2017 boxing match to Floyd Mayweather in 2017 and a UFC bout to light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in late 2018.

Conor McGregor beat Donald Cerrone in just 40 seconds
Picture: McGregor says he’ll battle all through 2020

He has additionally been in hassle with the regulation, and was convicted of assault in Dublin following an altercation in a pub in April 2019, for which he paid a €1,000 (£861) advantageous.

McGregor says he is now again on type, and extra fights will observe all through 2020.

He informed the gang: “Any one in all these mouthy fools can get it. Each single one in all them can get it. It doesn’t matter. I am again and I am prepared.”

It is probably he was referring to welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and veteran brawler Jorge Masvidal who each watched the battle from cageside, and could possibly be as much as battle McGregor subsequent.

Future fights are anticipated to carry out properly on each pay-per-view and in reside area ticket gross sales.