The UFC have released a new mini-documentary about Conor McGregor and his massive July 11th interim-featherweight title victory.
UFC 189 was the ultimate MMA saga, replete with a number of distinct chapters.
There was the original Conor McGregor vs Jose Aldo build-up that contained so much excitement, and had fans everywhere enraptured.
Then, there was the drama surrounding Aldo’s injury, and the intense period of uncertainty which followed. During those few days, Conor knew that he would still enter the octagon as scheduled, but he didn’t know if he would face Jose Aldo or the UFC’s back-up plan, Chad Mendes. The fact that Mendes was, in most people’s eyes, the most dangerous style match-up for the Irishman in the 145lbs division only added to the intrigue.
Finally, with only 10 days remaining before fight night, McGregor was provided with certainty. He would face Mendes and not Aldo.
This began another new chapter, the McGregor-Mendes rivalry. The build-up which followed was as intense as it was brief, with the two men managing to whip their audience into a ferocious frenzy in double-quick time.
The story would come to a fittingly dramatic conclusion inside the octagon at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas. McGregor and Mendes mesmerized the MMA world for just under 2 rounds of action, before Conor further established himself as a superstar by dispatching of his Californian foe with a barrage of powerful strikes at the death of that second stanza.
It was a tale that truly had everything.
It comes as no surprise, then, that all these months later the MMA media, and fans of the sport, still can’t get enough of the winding narrative.
Thankfully the UFC held back some epic footage that it captured in the lead-up to and, indeed, during the fight. They have released that footage now, in the form of a mini-documentary called “Conor McGregor On The Brink”.
Some of the piece is made up of clips that also featured in the Embedded vlog series, but there is also a great deal of new material to enjoy.
The undoubted highlight of the video, however, is the fight night footage. It captures all the action from a unique cageside angle, which creates the illusion that one is present and only adds intensity to an already white hot battle. In particular, the increased audibility of the strikes landed gives the viewer a real insight into the ferocity of the contest.
There are also some amazing clips of various observers, and their reactions to the events unfolding inside the octagon. They include, John Kavanagh, Conor McGregor’s family, and Urijah Faber.
It is a wonderful compilation of footage, from a special night.
You can check out the entire documentary, in two parts, below.