Ever wondered what goes through Conor McGregor’s mind as he makes that famed walk to the octagon from his dressing room as Sinéad O’Connor’s ‘Foggy Dew’ descends around the arena?
In a new video, we are afforded just that prior to his loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 196.
“Sing to me Sinéad. Sing me into war,” McGregor says to himself before he appears from backstage to the crowd who erupt into pure and utter madness.
Conor, typically draped in his Irish tri-colour, is flanked by his coaching team as he makes the walk for his eagearly anticiapted bout with Nate Diaz at UFC 196 back in March 2016. Although this fight was put together on short notice as a result of the withdrawal of the then featherweight champion’s original opponent, Rafael dos Anjos, when Nate stepped up, excitement amongst MMA fans for the event hit unprecedented new heights.
John Kavanagh issues encouragement to his fighter before the walk is made. “He shouldn’t have asked for it. Now he’s gonna get it,” the SBG headmaster states.
As the legendary ‘Foggy Dew’ ballad, which has the power to give any man, even the most staunch McGregor hater goosebumps prior to any contest of the Irishman, breaks into it’s rap remix, the Dubliner appears.
Mystic Mac’s prediction that he would have Diaz KO’d by the end of the first round did not come to fruition. He was well on top of his Californian opponent, but the shots that would have put away any of his past opponents were not having such a telling effect on the iron-chinned Nate.
In the below video, we are also afforded the audio from Conor’s corner in between the first and second round. While Kavanagh is cool, calm and collected, as always, McGregor attempts to dig deep into his stamina base and shake off his fatigue to recover for the next round.
As events unfolded, there would be no more breaks between rounds in this particular bout. McGregor gassed and Diaz capitalised, submitting the Irishman via rear naked chokehold towards the end of the second round.
In an epic five-round battle rematch between the pair, Conor avenged his UFC 196 loss at UFC 202, taking a decision victory on the judges scorecards over Nate. We keenly await the trilogy fight between the two rivals in what is now more hope than expectancy at this stage.
Check out the fascinating unseen footage from UFC 196 in the clip below: