Conor McGregor confirmed his place as the Interim Featherweight Champion at UFC 189 last night.
The 26-year-old Irishman beat No1 contender Chad Mendes with a TKO when the fight was stopped in the second round.
Notorious brought with him an army of Irish followers as they turned the MGM Grand in Las Vegas into a mini Dublin for the night.
McGregor – who was scheduled to fight Jose Aldo before the Brazilian pulled out two weeks ago – broke down after the fight as the realisation of his achievement sank in.
He said: “When my title shot went running and they gave me the challenge that I was supposed to be ‘protected’ from, I knew I was gonna prove to people that I’m a true fighter.
“It doesn’t matter who it is, I’m a professional and I come in here and I fight and I’m confident in my abilities.
“I want to say thank you to my team, my family, everyone that’s came up with me. We work in a tight, tight circle. The people since day one are here with me now.
“And the Irish people that support me, oh my god, I done this for us.”
After an pretty even first round, McGregor struggled on the matt as Mendes’ wrestling supremacy began to show with a number of take-downs, allowing the American to reign elbows on McGregor.
But the Dubliner recovered late in the round, managing to get back to his feet and land a series of strikes to Mendes’ face to force a stoppage.
You can check it out in the video below.