I will try to give you a detailed and at the same time short answer ... Here you need to understand who Donald Cerrone is? Basic kick boxer who has a number of problems in fights. Cerrone has 7 technical knockout defeats, his weak side is the first round, he picks up the pace for a very long time, and in the first round he does not open up, steps back, and is a little constrained, but Conor's strong side is precisely the first round, because almost Conor took all the fights in the first round due to the high tempo, pressure and hail of blows. And then Conor needed to finish the fight in the first round due to the fact that all the cards that evening were on his account, I believe that this fight was given to Conor so that he could return to the MMA race beautifully, and who is better suited for this as a rival? Tony Ferguson with white cardio? Justin Getjee, who loves to enlist?
That's right, Donald Cerrone, who lost to these guys in a similar scenario, Conor has a story with Cerrone, since 2015 they fought with each other, but before the fight they showed great respect for each other. And if we go to the battle scenario, then everything looked like this: Conor throws himself into a clinch in the first seconds, which the cowboy does not expect, because Conor always works at a distance, makes shoulder strikes, and breaks the cowboy's nose, tore the distance, pressed against the net and threw out a hi a kick that flew right into the cowboy's beard (by the way, Khabib, the basic wrestler, easily blocked this blow), then Conor presses the cowboy to the net, adds knees, the cowboy falls and Conor finishes him. Here Conor's competent game plan worked, which he worked out throughout the training camp before the fight with the Cowboy.
I want to say that Cowboy is an average fighter who has gone through many wars in the Octagon, but he is no longer hungry for fights like Conor, he is weak in the first rounds, he has a weak body, he immediately breaks when he is pressed. Conor and his entire team knew this, they knew that the fight would end that way, but here's an interesting question ... why did the basic kickboxer miss such a blow, and even dodged towards the blow itself? Probably, the answer is just such that his stiffness in the first rounds, the pressure that Conor did, made him make such a gross mistake. And I repeat, Khabib calmly blocked exactly the same blow, here you can immediately understand at what levels the fighters are. The cowboy himself said before the fight that he was very nervous, as this was his first fight, which caused such a stir, as a result, it added to him problems in the fight.
Conor had a tactic to take the fight in the first round, knowing that the first rounds are the cowboy gap. Conor did it.