McGregor’s judgement night arrives

by Gazette Reporter

AT AROUND 5am on Sunday morning, the wait will finally be over for fight fans when Conor McGregor takes on Jose Aldo in the Octagon at UFC194.
A fight almost one year in the making, the world featherweight championship will be on the line at the MGM in Las Vegas and no doubt plenty of Lucan locals will stay-up to watch one of their own go to war in Nevada.
McGregor (18-2) goes into the bout holding the interim featherweight belt which he won by defeating Chad Mendes, who stepped in for Aldo (25-1), when the Brazilian pulled out of their scheduled UFC 189 title fight. Aldo will enter the Octagon holding his UFC Featherweight Championship belt that he’s held since 2010. After all is said and done however, only one man will leave as champion.
The ever-confident Lucan resident fails to even entertain the idea of him losing the fight. In an interview this week, the SBG fighter reacted to the question of “if” he’ll beat Aldo rather than “when” he beats Aldo up.
“What are you talking about?” he said. “I have beaten him already. He is dead. Look at his body language. His body is weak and his mind is weaker.
“I can smell the lack of confidence. If the mind is not in it, the body won’t follow. He cannot beat me. He knows it. It’s why he went running last time.”
Following that, it was put to the 27-year-old that his opponent may be feeling a similar confidence. “No way,” he reacted. “I can hear it in his voice; I can see it in his eyes, I know when a man is beaten, and he is beaten mentally.
“I am trying to be optimistic but I am never wrong, I always predict the outcome of my fights and I am never wrong.”
There is no doubt that Aldo will put McGregor under more pressure than he’s ever experienced in the UFC. As fight night draws near, much debate has been had as to how the bout will play out, and the answer could ultimately be the deciding factor to who comes out on top.
Barring some surprising tactics from either man, it would be expected that McGregor will want to fight to happen standing upright, and if possible force Aldo towards the cage walls, in order to land fast strikes.
On the flip-side, the more-experienced Brazilian will look to keep the fight in the middle and try to force the Irishman to the ground.

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