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Conor McGregor makes epic return with KO of Donald Cerrone

McGregor stopped Donald Cerrone with a head kick and punches 40 seconds into the first round at UFC 246 on Sunday (NZ time), announcing his return to mixed martial arts with his first victory since 2016.

The Irish former two-division champion came out of a three-year stretch of relative inactivity and outside-the-cage troubles with a performance that echoed his greatest fights during his unparalleled rise.

McGregor calls out Mayweather

Mayweather stopped McGregor in the 10th round when the UFC superstar made his professional boxing debut in August 2017.

The unbeaten Mayweather retired for the third time after that bout, but announced last November that he would resume his career yet again in 2020 for a "spectacular event".

McGregor will make his UFC comeback against Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone on Saturday and the 31-year-old Dubliner took the opportunity to call out Mayweather prior to the fight.

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Conor McGregor charged with three counts of assault following incident in New York

The sport's best-known athlete and an international star, McGregor, 29, appeared before a judge at the Kings County Criminal Court, dressed in a blue, long-sleeved shirt that hid his trademark tattoos.

He is charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief.

"He's the most visible face on the planet; he has no criminal history and the bail package is completely appropriate in the $50,000 amount," his lawyer Jim Walden told the judge.

McGregor: 'Come and get me'

Members of Ireland's Kinahan cartel were said to be seeking retribution from the Irish UFC star after he reportedly came to blows with men tied to the infamous criminal organisation, with one reporter suggesting McGregor's safety was in serious danger.

There was speculation that the 29-year-old had fled to the Spanish island of Lanzarote. But McGregor was his usual, cocky self as he appeared at a Dublin court over a speeding charge on Thursday.

"It's all bollocks," McGregor said. "I thought I was in bleedin' Lanzarote?"​

McGregor not in danger - father

Tony McGregor said his family had "nothing to fear" amid rumours the UFC legend punched a man with links to a notorious Dublin crime figure.

"It's an absolute nonsense story. It's grown legs and it's getting that ridiculous – it's become funny," he told the Irish Mirror.

"We have nothing to fear here whatsoever. There's no one after us for anything."

Christy Kinahan, the notorious Irish crime figure who Conor McGregor reportedly angered after a fight with an associate.

McGregor's life 'in danger'

McGregor, who hails from Dublin, is alleged to have "inadvertently locked horns with members of the Kinahan cartel, which includes people who are well accustomed to killing," according to respected crime reporter Paul Williams of the Irish Independent.

Williams said nobody should underestimate or play down the serious and perilous situation that McGregor is in after reports the infamous Kinahan crime cartel want to seek retribution against the UFC lightweight champion over an assault in an Irish bar. 

Man fakes his way to ringside

Ringside tickets to the Mayweather v McGregor fight went for up to $138,000, but a British bartender managed to upgrade his seat for free.

Oliver Regis bought a ticket to the weekend's super fight between UFC star Conor McGregor and unbeaten boxer Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas. 

But when he got there, he wasn't happy with his seat and decided to take matters into his own hands.

McGregor's $138k bar tab

UFC superstar Conor McGregor racked up a bar tab of NZ$138,000 as he celebrated his boxing loss to Floyd Mayweather.

McGregor suffered a 10th round TKO in an absorbing battle with Mayweather in Las Vegas on Sunday.

But he might have had a bigger headache from the action after the bout.

He turned up to the official press conference with a bottle of Irish whiskey, and that was just the start of a long night.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. defeats Conor McGregor by TKO

McGregor, though, surprised many by going toe to toe with Mayweather until the 10th round.

"He's a lot better than I thought he was," Mayweather said after the bout.

Mayweather is the first boxer to reach 50 fights undefeated. After today’s win, he said this was the final fight of his career.

The only certainty of this fight was that it would be a spectacle not seen before.

White: McGregor will become the biggest star on earth

UFC superstar McGregor will make his boxing debut in Las Vegas after luring Mayweather out of retirement for the blockbuster event.

Given Mayweather's 49-0 record the American has been installed as strong favourite for the fight, but McGregor's odds have continued to come in as the bout draws closer.

And UFC boss White believes McGregor is going to shock the world by knocking out his illustrious opponent, and in turn make him the "greatest combat sports star ever".

"To think Conor can't beat Floyd Mayweather is quite something," White told BBC Sport.