In a combat sport that is composed of all sorts of fight disciplines, championship titles change hands more frequently. Fighters win titles but don’t reign over the competition long enough.
When Conor McGregor fought Jose Aldo for the Featherweight title, his aggressive “Striker” style overwhelmed his opponent, whose specialization is on the ground, grappling with his opponents.
Conor McGregor won that match quickly in just seconds into the first round. It was only his seventh consecutive win in the UFC, and fifteenth overall.
He lost against the taller and bigger Nate Diaz real badly on the second round on his succeeding fight. Nate Diaz was tapped on short notice as a substitute to Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC 196 after the latter suffered a foot injury.
McGregor lost by submission and has been a target of jokes in the Internet after he got slapped a couple of times by Diaz in their bout.
Since his loss, Conor McGregor noticeably increased his trash talking, building himself up through hypes, MMA fans compare to Muhammad Ali. He sounds more like Floyd Mayweather Jr., though, when he speaks about living “The Life,” and refers to his big paydays.
He likes talking about money, cars and fashion that has earned the ire of fighters and fans alike. People tend to think he’s selling himself too much, yet contrary to Ali or Mayweather, he’s only fought since 2008 with a meager record of 19 wins and 3 losses.
Ironically, McGregor got slapped no less than four times, which is a testament of how bad his boxing was, even against a non-boxer.
Now he sends an ominous message to all those who’d poked fun at him after his loss. “I am deep in preparation to come and take out everyone that has spoke my name in vain,” McGregor said.
“I will get you all.”
It looks like Conor McGregor has a long career ahead of him, regardless of the result of his rematch with Nate Diaz at the UFC 202 in Las Vegas, if he fights all his ardent critics.
He’ll do lots of trash talking for sure, like a poor version of Floyd Mayweather Jr.
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