Conor McGregor has paid tribute to his team, UFC, his fans and Jose Aldo in an Instagram post following his world featherweight title win last night.
The Irishman backed up his trash talk before the UFC 194 fight in Las Vegas by knocking former champion Aldo out in 13 seconds to become the undisputed title holder.
It was one of the most shocking moments in the history of the sport, with McGregor taking the championship and confirming his place on the cover of the UFC 2 video game alongside Ronda Rousey.
McGregor had stayed quiet on social media in the immediate aftermath of the win, but took to Instagram late Sunday afternoon to dedicate a message to a number of people.
Special mention to his team, the company and his fans was expected, but there was a surprisingly dignified mention of Aldo, who he has spent over a year goading publicly ahead of their fight.
McGregor posted this picture to Instagram and wrote: “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 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!!!”
McGregor’s victory sent shockwaves around the world and whoever his next fight will be against, it looks set to be a blockbuster already.