Conor McGregor saw off Donald Cerrone in the same fashion that has made him a superstar in the UFC.
The 31-year-old returned to the octagon after nearly 15 months away and, just like his coach John Kavanagh said, he looked better than ever.
From the opening bell, McGregor took it to Cerrone and had him badly hurt within the opening seconds.
From there, McGregor was relentless with the pressure and after landing a high kick and following that up with a raising knee, Cerrone was done.
Referee Herb Dean gave him every chance to fight back, but it was clear he was finished.
Speaking after the fight, McGregor was asked what’s next for him and who he would like to fight this year.
Surprisingly, the Irishman resisted addressing Jorge Masvidal – who was ringside – by name or Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Instead, he targeted Paul Felder, a UFC lightweight who will compete against Dan Hooker on February 23.
“I like this weight division,” McGregor said of welterweight.
“It’s good to go up and down. God willing, I came out of here unscathed, I’m in shape, but I don’t believe I’m there yet. I’ve still got work to do to get back to where I was.
“So I’m going to party tonight, celebrate, spend time with my family, then get back in the gym and train. And any one of these little melty fools can get it. Even that little melty fool at the desk. All of them!”
Felder said he was concentrating on his next fight but if he came through that, then McGregor ‘can get it’.
Of course, Felder is known as the Irish Dragon thanks to his heritage despite being an American, so McGregor can obviously see the value in making that fight and the fans that would appeal to.
But, it’s far more likely that Masvidal is next in line to face McGregor and that BMF belt may well be on the line.