The world is waking up to history as a little after 6am this morning, 1am in New York, Conor McGregor decimated Eddie Alvarez to become the UFC’s first simultaneous two-weight champion.
The hype and trash talk leading up to the fight was as intense as it has ever been, with McGregor taking shots at both Tyron Woodley and Khabib Nurmagomedov, in addition to Alvarez himself, and the MMA world watched to see if the featherweight champion could back up his words with actions.
It took roughly a minute for the Irishman to deliver. Toying with his prey, McGregor dropped Alvarez three times in the first round before destroying the American in the second. History was made, and so easily it seemed to all watching.
Now with the history books re-written and McGregor’s star even brighter than before, take a moment to reflect on the fateful prediction of Jose Aldo back in February of this year.
Reported by MMA Fighting before McGregor’s scheduled lightweight title fight against then champion Rafael dos Anjos, Aldo was bullish about the Dubliner’s chances of making history.
“I think it’s tough. And I’ll say this: I don’t think he will have any belt by the end of the year. And everyone will forget him. He has this dream, this goal, but you can be sure that he won’t have any (belt) by the end of the year.
“A fight is a fight and you have to respect the other side,” Aldo added, “but I see Rafael with the (lightweight) belt and the (featherweight) belt back to me. That’s a fact.”
After what we all witnessed in the early hours of Sunday morning, these comments now seem so misguided. However, at the time many might have agreed with Aldo. The idea of McGregor stepping up to take another belt seemed almost fantastical.
In the months that have followed McGregor has taught us the error of our ways. As he said himself, he turns his dreams into reality.
Aldo still has the chance of retaking the featherweight strap in the new year. Choosing to remain in the game, Aldo, as interim champion, could face McGregor in the octagon for his long demanded rematch. However, following his latest feat, you might well assume McGregor is now a far less desirable fight for the Brazilian.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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