McGregor’s Momentous Chance—Who Needs Luck of the Irish?

By Marc Livitz on August 17, 2017
McGregor’s Momentous Chance—Who Needs Luck of the Irish?
"Look at every boxing analyst. It's as though I've been discarded and not welcome."

“I’m very happy and looking forward to when the contest is all wrapped up. I’ll relax on my yacht and do the ‘counting game’…”

The UFC brass seems to know how to treat its fans. In the case of boxing and the media, the lead up to a high profile contest usually includes a conference call or two to discuss the upcoming event. In turn, writers will present a body of work shortly thereafter to allow fans of the sport to read all about their favorite fighter and the course of his preparation.

UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor took part in such a call on Wednesday afternoon. What struck this writer as beyond complimentary was the fact the entirety of the call was not just for accredited members of the media, as is the case for the vast majority of boxing events. Apparently, McGregor is respected enough in MMA circles that the UFC website streamed the call live on its website.

The boxing bourgeoisie could learn a thing or two from such generosity. In any case, the 29-year-old UFC superstar from Ireland is carrying with him a sky high amount of confidence going into his bout with Floyd Mayweather one week from this Saturday. Most notably, the fact that the Nevada State Athletic Commission recently approved the use of eight-ounce gloves seemed to delight the boxing newcomer.

“I am very happy with how the Nevada State Athletic Commission handled it,” he said. “The overall approach to the decision was great. Look what I normally fight with—four ounce, fingerless gloves. It benefits both of us in some ways.”

McGregor (MMA record: 21-3, 18 KO’s) made multiple headlines throughout 2014 and 2015 by way of his quick knockouts over such competition as Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes. He suffered a loss in the second round to Nate Diaz in March of 2016, which is a defeat he’s since avenged as of last August.

A second round knockout of Eddie Alvarez the following November brought him to his current position, which is a chance to thoroughly shock the sports world by way of an improbable victory over one of the absolute best boxing talents of the past 15-20 years. He attributes his recent success to a change in his training habits that he underwent after his submission loss to Diaz. Most notably, a tweak to his conditioning regimen is what he feels has helped him the most.

“We’ve adjusted my cardiovascular preparation,” said the UFC superstar. “Endurance wise, we’ve stretched it out. It’s actually nice to go from five, five-minute rounds to up to twelve, three-minute rounds. It’s a different type of training. We’ve made some adjustments and I feel amazing.”

McGregor continued. “We’re more than prepared. After I suffered my first defeat in UFC against Nate Diaz, we changed my cardiovascular program. It’s called the ‘McGregor Fast’ program. I’ve done two fights with it since then and this will be the third.”

Anyone who watched more than perhaps a few seconds of any of the bout’s four promotional tour stops is well aware of the colorful language and behavior used by both McGregor as well as Floyd Mayweather. The Irish combat competitor admitted that the indifference emitted by much of the boxing media has irked him just a bit, yet he’s ready to use the ever present doubt to fuel his strategy.

“Look at every boxing analyst,” he commented.

“It’s as though I’ve been discarded and not welcome. It certainly motivates me. It’s such a disregard for my skill set. Some people are so close-minded, as if there’s just one way and no other way. You must have respect for other disciplines. Fighting is about timing and there’s a time and place for every single move. At the same time, I understand it. I look forward to educating the world on what martial arts really is.”

In terms of his overall preparation and expectations for how he feels the night will go for him at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Conor was beyond confident.

“There’s no way in Hell that I’m not prepared to go into the deepest trenches in this fight,” said the heavy underdog from Ireland.

“I don’t think that with these 8-ounce gloves, he even makes it out of the second round. I don’t see him absorbing the blows. We’re ready to go war for the full twelve rounds or take him out in the first ten seconds.”

In addition to essentially mocking McGregor’s overall chances on the 26th, several prominent fighters have taken to social media to lampoon a particular training method he uses where he flings his arms like spaghetti noodles. “Notorious” is taking all of this in stride. “It’s all lighthearted,” he said.

“You must have the ability to disconnect your arms from your shoulders and reconnect at the point of impact. It’s the same as a kick. You can’t be tight in the hip flexor. This is just an age-old training method. The Gracies, pioneers of MMA, started that technique. We’ll educate everyone as the fight goes on. It’s a marathon and not a sprint.”

The sheer fact that the coming together of two combat disciplines in a festive atmosphere is set to break all existing records in terms of revenue seems to be the bright light at the end of the tunnel for Conor McGregor. He’s said on numerous occasions that he expects to earn at least $100 million from the contest, after which he plans to lay back in the sun and count his prize money.

“It’s all pointing to record breaking numbers, all across the board,” said the boxing hopeful.

“The tickets, the sponsorship, the merchandise sales, all of it. I’m very happy and looking forward to when the contest is all wrapped up. I’ll relax on my yacht and do the ‘counting game.’ Once all the revenues are turned in, that’s my plan.”

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  1. Lucas McCain 02:15pm, 08/20/2017

    There’s so much that is unusual about this, that it’s hard to say.  I wouldn’t be surprised if a certain amount of “business” is being done to save face for everyone .  All I really know is that I, like Kid Blast, won’t be watching.

  2. Black Bohun 01:00pm, 08/19/2017

    Finally I’ll see Mayweather laying on canvas. I really believe it will happen. McGregor is one of these fighters who changes everything in fighting world once he showed up. By saying that I mean verbal&fighting; talent. He totally dominated UFC divisions because of his boxing skills. He is the next level of fighter…
    And I am open to all kind of criticism by saying that. Thanks

  3. Lucas McCain 07:38am, 08/18/2017

    Biggest bout since Ali vs Inoki!

  4. Kid Blast 05:31pm, 08/17/2017

    As if we needed any more proof that this is a sting. Whatever this guy collects, it will not include any of my money.

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