Conor McGregor on quick UFC 194 title win: “It has been a lifetime of work to get to that 13 seconds”

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Conor McGregor (Photo credit Gary A. Vasquez © USA Today)

Conor McGregor has posted a new statement following his fantastic 13 second KO over Jose Aldo on Saturday at UFC 194, expressing his gratitude for those who got him to this point and for all those who made the event happen.

Here’s what he had to say in a post on Instagram:

Thank you for all the kind messages!

I am extremely grateful and proud to be in the position I am in. To the naked eye it was 13 seconds, but to my team and my family it has been a lifetime of work to get to that 13 seconds.

Congratulations to the staff at the UFC on a historic week in the sports history and an amazing 2015 for the company. It is an honor to be playing a part in this great companies continued growth and success and an honor to top off a phenomenal week in the sports history.

Thank you to all the fans who travelled (sic) and made this week what it was!! The traveling Irish are untouchable when it comes to creating the atmosphere needed to make a week like this what it was!! I am forever blown away by the support of my country. We have changed the game forever!!! Respect to a great champion in Jose Aldo. The true greats will always overcome adversity.

I wish him and his loyal team well on their journey back. Much respect. Thank you all!

Penick’s Analysis: This is just another aspect that makes McGregor great at this point. He talks a big game, backs it up, and then stays cognizant of those who have helped him become who he is. He’s fiercely loyal to his team, he gives credit to everything that’s allowed him to become what will be the UFC’s biggest current star, and it’s likely to continue working for him in the future.

[Photo (c) Gary A. Vasquez via USA Today Sports]

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