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.
All the hype, all the marketing, all the promotion. Press conferences, verbal taunting, psychological games. Even the glamorous walk-ins. All for a 13 second fight.
Jose Aldo is one of the greatest Champions in MMA history. His rise to the top while in the WEC. The way that he finished his opponents including the fantastic flying knee knock out of Cub Swanson. His second round KO of Mike Brown. His 5 round battle that crippled Urijah Faber. His first UFC fight against Mark “The Machine” Hominick. The amazing knee that KO’d Chad Mendes. He has been the Featherweight Champion in the WEC and UFC for 5 years, successfully defending the title against the best of the best featherweights 9 times.
All of that against Conor McGregor. Conor is one of the most extraordinary fighters I have ever seen in the cage. His fight intelligence, his movement, his cage awareness. Phenomenal foundation and training under John Kavanagh to emphasize movement and understanding of the human anatomy.
Jose Aldo vs Conor McGregor – a significant milestone in MMA history. The defeat of perhaps the MMA Pound For Pound king. The second Featherweight Champion of the UFC. The first Irish Champion in the UFC. All accomplished with a 13 second knockout!
That’s all well and good and bravo applause cheer for MMA history. But dammit. Are you serious? All this curiosity, and speculation, and promotion, and story telling, and build up, and anger, and rivalry. And no one even sweated, no one even bled.
All I can say is, any given Saturday night under those cage lights…anything can happen.
Jose Aldo vs Conor McGregor full fight video