Nate Diaz vs Conor McGregor, UFC 196, 5 March 2016
The benefit of having a monopoly-like promotion in the fight world like the UFC is that most if not all the best MMA fighters in the world are under one roof. The UFC has the ability to give us fantastic match-ups that are not only fun for the fans but phenomenal for the sport.
One such special fight is Nate Diaz vs Conor McGregor. Conor one of the promotions fastest rising stars with legitimate skill to back it up. He has cut through the entire featherweight division on a rampage. But now he meets Nate Diaz, one of the fight world’s favourite rebellious sons with a multitude of fight of the night, submission of the night, and knockout of the night bonuses.
Nobody knows who will win the fight, but what is certain is that it’s going to be an awesome fight to watch.
Jose Aldo vs Conor McGregor, UFC 194, 12 December 2015
Whether you are a McGregor fan or an Aldo fan. Whether you believe in the hype or not. Whether you are a fight fan or not. Whether you even care about MMA. This was one of the most highly anticipated fights in MMA history.
I am a fan of both fighters and have been following their professional careers. Jose Aldo from when he was in the WEC. McGregor making his way quickly up the UFC ranks. Followed them throughout the world media tour for UFC 189. Found myself dejected and disappointed when Jose had to withdraw due to injury. Followed the stupid UFC 194 embedded series and even found myself getting emotionally invested. Feeling annoyed at McGregor’s taunting game and feeling frustrated for Jose. For as many times as you hear fight fans say, “kick his ass in the cage, shut him up”. I found myself feeling that and hoping Jose would do the same.
What a huge waste of hope and energy.
Conor McGregor vs Chad Mendes, UFC 189, July 2015
UFC 189 may have been one of the best cards the UFC has put together in a long time. Every single fight in the main card turned into a bloody war of attrition, testing each fighters commitment to their craft, shaking each fighter to their very core.
The one fight that had me in suspense for the entire duration was Conor McGregor vs Chad Mendes. The suspense was mostly because I was rooting for the underdog, Chad Mendes. Victory was so close yet so far. In the end, it was Conor’s durability and his accurate and powerful striking that won him the UFC Interim Featherweight Championship.
Conor McGregor vs Dennis Siver, UFC Fight Night McGregor vs Siver, January 2015
For fear of this blog becoming too much of a Conor McGregor fan page, I will try and keep this short. But there is something that I really like about the way this guy fights. He has the eloquence and confidence that most of us hope to achieve in anything at all. It’s this smooth and assured style of fighting and movement that has me I-hate-to-admit-it…captivated.
Leading up to the Conor McGregor vs Dennis Siver fight, Bloody Elbow did an interview with McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh. Kavanagh described a very make-sense way of training fighters. To be well educated, curious, and knowledgeable about fighting. To be able to internalize and take ownership of what they are learning. To lead a simple and healthy lifestyle that excludes the special diets and supplements. To train to be a fighter rather than to be an aggressive athlete.
“…I don’t care about nothing else, I don’t know about nothing else…”
From his previous interviews, I always got a sense that Conor McGregor was a true student of the fight game. But this documentary reveals just how much he has devoted his life to fighting and to MMA. As the camera follows him around, you realize that he doesn’t do anything else other than train, train, and train. He does the UFC media obligations. And then he trains some more. Where ever he travels to, he will find a gym and train there.
The documentary begins with the fight against Marcus Brimage and follows Conor McGregor in his preparation for the fight against Max Holloway. We see the deep relationship he has with John Kavanagh and his training at SBG. We are also invited into Conor McGregory’s home and meet his mother and father who give and interesting background on Conor that we haven’t seen in any Countdown or feature shows.