The Ultimate Fighting Championship relishes extrovert characters to give it a higher profile, and in featherweight contender Conor “The Notorious” McGregor they have the perfect exponent.
Brash talkers usually have limited ability, but McGregor seems to possess the all-around ability that could lead him to a championship belt this summer.
The 26-year-old Irishman showed that he is worthy of a title challenge at UFC Fight Night at the TD Garden in Boston on Sunday.
He smashed through Dennis Siver, finishing the overmatched Russian with a technical knockout after 1 minute 54 seconds of the second round.
Referee Herb Dean stopped the mismatch after McGregor dropped Siver with a straight left, mounted and ripped in a series of unanswered elbows.
Dublin-based McGregor took his record to 17-2 and immediately jumped into the audience to confront UFC featherweight champ Jose Aldo for a 145 pound title fight.
Brazilian Aldo (25-1) said he is willing to fight McGregor if the terms are right. It should be a sensational contest.