Is ‘Mystic Mac’ back?
That’s what one man wanted to know when he got a hold of the house microphone inside the Theater at Madison Square Garden during the UFC 205 press conference on Tuesday.
‘Mystic Mac’ is, of course, a moniker that McGregor bestowed upon himself a couple of years due to his apparent powers of prognostication.
In the past the Irishman has made some astoundingly accurate predictions about the outcomes of his fights. McGregor told fans and the media that he would KO Dustin Poirier, who had never previously been finished via strikes, inside a round at UFC 178. He followed up on the bold claim by scoring the win in just under two minutes.
McGregor reportedly wanted to make a massive multi-million dollar bet with Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta that he would stop Chad Mendes before the end of the second round at UFC 189. He didn’t do it with much time to spare, but the SBG fighter once again fulfilled his promise. Luckily, White and Fertitta didn’t accept the wager.
The mystic one’s finest hour came in December of last year however, when his 13-second KO of Jose Aldo bore a striking resemblance to a very descriptive prediction he had given weeks prior.
But lately, McGregor’s crystal ball has failed him.
In the lead-up to UFC 196, he predicted a first-round KO win over late-replacement Nate Diaz, but things went horribly awry for the SBG product, as he was submitted in the second stanza.
Ahead of the rematch, McGregor was once again foretelling a finish, albeit without his usual sense of conviction. Instead, the contest became a five-round war of the ages.
So, can ‘Mystic Mac’ regain his old form? What sayeth the oracle ahead of UFC 205?
When McGregor was asked the question, his opponent butted in. “Be careful,” said Eddie Alvarez, drawing McGregor’s ire.
“Or what? What you going to do?,” asked the animated Pay-per-view star, in response. “Shut your fucking mouth. I run New York. I run this whole ship. And ‘Mystic Mac’ predicts; I am going to KO you inside one round.”