Beyond A Puncher’s Chance (Why to Never Count Out Conor McGregor )

I want to preface this article saying that I’m writing this in the perspective of a die-hard McGregor fan.  This post is extremely biased 

That being said, if you want to debate why you feel like Floyd Mayweather may come out the winner of the upcoming boxing match, be my guest. I just can’t agree with you.

One thing I will most certainly acknowledge is that Floyd is the more gifted technical boxer, and it’s not even close. It’s without question, Mayweather is 49-0 because of the way he makes boxers look absolutely silly in the ring. Albeit he ran from Pacquiao for 5+ years and agreeing not to fight him until everything was on his terms and Pacquiao was beyond his prime.. but that’s a subject for another day. This actually leads me to my first point as to why I believe Conor McGregor will win this fight.

Whatever he puts his mind to, he creates into existence.

If you look up the term “Law of Attraction”, Conor McGregor should be the visual representation illustrated in every single dictionary. Whatever this guy sets his mind to, he creates into existence.

When Conor had only 5 professional fights under his belt, he came out on record and boldly predicted that the world will know his name by saying, “without a doubt, you will see me in the UFC in the near future”

In his journey to the UFC, he faced the fiercest competition standing in his way. He worked his way to ultimately defeat the featherweight champion (145 lb weight class) in his respective MMA promotion overseas. He then went on to challenge the lightweight champion (155 lb weight class) immediately after. And knocked out the reigning champion out cold.

As soon as he accomplished that feat, ultimately, the UFC came knocking at his door. Just like he predicted.  Naturally, brash and confident, he took his expertise to the next level once he got the exposure.

If you watch any of his pre fight interviews or press conferences, all Conor talks about is exactly how he pictures the fight ending up and the specific outcome down to the round it will be stopped. Just constantly, over and over, this guy manages to call rounds in a way that sounds cocky and unattainable, but low and behold, this guy does not disappoint. Whatever he says will happen, he creates into existence. It’s absolutely mind blowing.

Not only did he enter into the UFC, like he predicted, but he quickly ran through the featherweight division, steamrolling through championship contenders and winning the fights easily… knock out after knock out. Calling out Champions left and right and challenging them.. already claiming that the title was his and that the current champions were temporarily leasing them from him.

At last, he finally was granted his chance to fight for the featherweight title, in the UFC.. 7 years after his professional fighting career started. As the months lead up towards the fight, press conference after press conference, he kept vividly stating how he was going to knock out the reigning defending champion within the first round. He understood the movement of the opponent, how they react in certain situations, how it’s impossible for them to win because he’s got that fighter figured out whole heartedly. He demoralized them mentally without having to lay a finger on them. This was extremely controversial because no one has defeated defending champ,Jose Aldo, in over 10 years. Conor was just the new kid on the block just ready to f*** s*** up.

Fast forward to the fight. The end Result.. 13 second knock out in the first round… One of the cleanest knock out’s I’ve ever seen. Back pedaling, first punch thrown at the chin of Aldo. Stuns the man and puts him to sleep. I mean an absolute beaut. Which leads me to my next argument

He’s obsessed with challenges and exceeds conventional success

After winning the featherweight belt, you would think he’d be satisfied. He’s the face of the featherweight division and reached the top. No.. this guy keeps pushing the limit. He then immediately goes on an challenges the Lightweight champion (Rafael Dos Anjos at the time). Moving up 10 lbs in weight meant more muscle, slower reaction time, more oxygen needed to maintain the level of energy he’s used to. All in all, an extremely risky thing to do as a fighter. All of those risks didn’t slow him down one bit.

He used the same approach leading up to the fight… mental warfare, verbally attacking his opponent and making Dos Anjos ultimately reconsider his decision to fight this animal. After months of build up and training, RDA comes out and announces that he pulled out of the Title fight because of an injury that occurred during training; a stunt that Jose Aldo pulled on McGregor leading up to their fight..

Seeing that the fight was only a week and a half away, McGregor was approached with the opportunity to fight Nate Diaz at 170 lbs. Nate Diaz.. 6’0″ and usually walks around at 185lbs. Much bigger fighter, much more experienced, bad ass dude.

Conor lost the fight. Flat out got gassed during the fight and got choked out, but the loss isn’t what interested me, so much as for the way he handled the loss and immediately stated how he wanted the rematch. When everyone around him tried to advise him how the rematch could potentially finish his career if he lost back to back in the same fashion. After everyone telling him that 170 lbs is too heavy of a weight class for him and that if there is a rematch, it should be down at 155 lbs. Conor said to hell with all that, we’re fighting at the same weight, same place, same exact circumstances so that when he beats him, there won’t be any doubt in anyone’s mind that he is the better fighter. I mean when’s the last time you failed an exam and asked to retake the exam immediately after with the same circumstances, different questions. Don’t we tend to just by pass all that and just ask for a curve?

McGregor and Diaz ran it back a couple months later. This time, after a 5 round brawl, Diaz ended up taking the L. Again, speaking outcomes into existence and exceeding conventional success. McGregor regained the throne. As the champion of the 145 lb division, just defeated a man twice his size in the 170 lb division. Pretty successful career in the UFC am I right? Negative.. He had his sights set out on a bigger agenda: to become a 2 weight champion. Something that has never been done.

Conor has tangible success during his short time in the UFC. He’s now an undisputed champion and will go down as the Irish man that took down one of the most decorated MMA fighters to live in Jose Aldo, he went hunting for the lightweight title, as I mentioned earlier, that Rafael Dos Anjos once held. After avenging his loss to Nate Diaz, McGregor quickly set his sights back to finish the goal he had set for himself: to become a two weight world champion. Something that has never been done. The 155 lb lightweight belt has since been taken from Dos Anjos onto Eddie Alvarez. A seasoned fighter who was on his own championship path.. A guy who most critics declared was the larger, more dangerous fighter for McGregor. Again, the impossible presented itself to the Irishman and posed as the biggest challenge to date. And once again………. the “notorious one”, Conor McGregor defied all the odds and knocked out Eddie Alvarez in the second round to claim his illustrious 2nd UFC title in one of the most perfect performances of his life.

 

History will always take a backseat to Visionaries

The purpose of visionaries is to project their clear interpretation of the future into fruition. If you study history in any sense of life, you’ll read upon stories of visionaries in their respective societies being criticized heavily for their way of interpreting the future. Some are condemned, some are stripped of their power, some are even killed. But the silver lining that occurs is that those very people who were critical are affected from those influencers. John Lennon and the Beatles changed the music industry: Steve Jobs and Apple changed the tech industry: Lebron James and his decision with the Miami Heat changed the basketball world: We see this in art, film, sports, poetry, technology, business, I mean the list goes on and on. One prevailing theme is I want to point out is that when a visionary comes into the spotlight, criticism ensues in the moment only to be later on acknowledged as historic. It’s hard for boxing aficionados like Oscar De La Hoya, Max Kellerman or Teddy Atlas to even consider the opposing side, that Floyd may actually lose the fight to this man.

Let’s use Tesla Motors as the analogy for criticism that visionaries often receive from society that later gets hailed as a historic achievement. Electric cars has been something that has been trying to be conceptualized into real life since the late 1980’s. I won’t go too deep into the history lesson but basically companies like Honda, Ford and Toyota have all had their own models of electric cars that were available for sale from the late 60’s to the early 90’s and obviously, it didn’t do well. No one bought them and they never caught popularity. They were heavily criticized internally and publicly for their failures. Tesla Motors arose in the mid 2000’s and disrupted the entire auto industry. It wasn’t until the last 5 years where it really began to enter popularity. Again in the beginning, Tesla was faced with many challenges such as doubters, financial troubles, lack of resources, but today, the company has reached success. So much so that it’s nearly impossible to find a major car company that doesn’t have their own electric car line as their answer to the decrease in sales due to the demand shifting towards renewable energy and electric car options.

Let’s recall the Tesla example. Similarly to the incentive that major auto companies had to implement electric cars before Tesla came along, there also have been other MMA fighters that have attempted to cross over into boxing…none them have had found success. Critics have used this as an argument to reason why McGregor has no shot in winning the fight.. They use previous outcomes from similar fighters as a projection of what’s going to happen to McGregor in a boxing ring. My response to those critics is that perhaps McGregor is the Tesla Motors of the fight industry. Maybe Conor is the antithesis of rationale.

Rationale tells me that Floyd Mayweather is the greatest defensive boxer of all time. Rationale tells me that no one has been able to successful come within striking distance of winning a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather in 49 attempts. Rationale tells me that Floyd Mayweather is going to pick apart McGregor in the ring.

But I can’t sit here today and let rationale lead me to believe that Conor is going to lose just because he is the less experienced boxer.

I can’t count out a guy who, time and time again, literally creates what he says into existence. When he says he’s going to knock out Floyd Mayweather clean, I can’t argue with that because he has provided tangible evidence of him doing exactly what he said he was going to do to opponents.  I can’t count out a guy who believes that talent doesn’t exist, but rather that his obsession leads him to exceed conventional success. A guy who so clearly saw him winning two titles EACH in both Cage Warriors and the UFC. A guy who fights 25 lbs above his division to fight a guy twice his size just for the challenge. I also can’t argue against a visionary who most people label as insane but is quickly reshaping history as we speak. These are the types of individuals that people criticize heavily but ultimately will be remembered as the man that revolutionized a sport and an entire culture.

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