Dubliner Conor McGregor is celebrating his first UFC featherweight Championship victory after overcoming Chad Mendes at UFC 189.
The Notorious was second best for most of the match spending the most of it on his back against his American opponent, but a devastating left hand knocked Mendes to the canvas for the first time in his career.
A fury of punches called for the stoppage with just three seconds left in the second round as McGregor fell to his knees in delight and to the rapturous cheer of the heavy Irish presence in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
It was not his most impressive display but the 26-year-old maintained his unbeaten UFC record as he captured the interim featherweight title as he compounded Mendes to just his third loss.
The attention will now turn to a heavily rumoured unification title bout with champion Jose Aldo, who pulled out of the main event at UFC 189 due to injury, and we could be set for a 2 January 2016 showdown.
The win makes him the second Irishman in as many weeks to capture gold, with WWE wrestler Finn Balor aka. Fergal Devitt from Bray, Co.Wicklow captured the NXT Championship in Tokyo, Japan last weekend.
Conor McGregor received much praise for the biggest win of his career thus far on Twitter.
— Finn Bálor (@wwebalor) July 12, 2015
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) July 12, 2015
— Paul Heyman (@HeymanHustle) July 12, 2015
— Stephanie Roche (@StephanieRoche9) July 12, 2015
Incredible from @TheNotoriousMMA. What a great champion.
— Katie Taylor (@KatieTaylor) July 12, 2015
— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) July 12, 2015
— Shay Given (@No1shaygiven) July 12, 2015
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) July 12, 2015