“What I say happens, happens,” as Conor Mcgregor defiantly said after an impressive featherweight title victory against the former champion Jose Aldo. Nobody really believed and cared about him when he said before “We’re not here to take part…we’re here to take over”. The former plumber who took up mixed martial arts a bit late, wasn’t joking when he said that.
Beyond the glare of the limelight and the cameras, Conor wasn’t faking when he trash talked every opponent and told them how he will destroy them. It wasn’t about hyping a fight or make an ordinary fight into a marketable one. It is about backing it all up. We hated him when he jokes about facing Jesus Christ in the octagon and we hated how he talks, walks or how he makes his opponent into a meager ordinary Joes. His confidence went beyond borderline arrogant and yet when he talks, he backs it up big time.
Jose Aldo wanted that fight, he was pretty sure he would give Conor a lesson and would put a stopped to Conor’s trash talking. We thought it would be competitive, the long heated buildup going to their fight turnout to be just 13 seconds. And Conor once again made a fool out of us, backing up every word he said in knocking out Aldo in one spectacular punch.
Conor, fought an angry fighter, a fighter who wanted to kill him with one punch. The psychological warfare took a toll on Aldo and he came out firing. He had a game plan, but he wasn’t able to execute it. “Precision beats power and timing beats speed” said Conor. It was a well-timed left punch that made the difference.
“What I say happens, happens,” McGregor said. “There is no doubt now.”
We believe you now Conor.