We all know how this turned out for Aldo…
As Saturday night approaches and the fight grows ever closer, Conor McGregor grows ever calmer and ever colder. He is now focused on conducting business and doing so ruthlessly. Be it inside an octagon or a ring, ‘The Notorious’ has the same mindset upon fight time.
The time has come to forget all the trash talk and bravado. The fight is sold, the mind games are finished. It’s time for war.
All week the Irishman has been coolness personified. Even when Paulie Malignaggi encroached into an area where he was mid-interview on Tuesday, the UFC champion didn’t lose his temper or snap at his ex-sparring partner turned foe, he simply and calmly told Malignaggi to “get over it, you got your ass whooped, get over it.” Similarly, at the final pre-fight press conference before Saturday night, there was no shouting, no chairs flying, no trading insults with his opponent as tempers remained safely under wraps. McGregor appears to be in the zone.
When have we seen behaviour of the like from the 29-year-old before?
Rewind to the week prior to UFC 194 in December 2015 when Conor was ready to do battle with the pound-for-pound king of the UFC, Jose Aldo, in a world featherweight title unification bout. Aldo had not been defeated in a decade and was considered the dominant, unbeatable champion of MMA.
13 seconds into the fight, the Brazilian lay unconscious on the canvas as a result of a thundering left hand from the man he had labelled “a joker” across the world media tour both fighters had embarked on to promote the fight.
Are the stars aligning for a similar outcome this Saturday night in the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas?
Check out this eery video which compares the state of mind McGregor has transformed into this week with that of the week leading up to his memorable victory over the formerly invincible Aldo:
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