All right by UFC 246 fight week, Conor McGregor perceived to love the high stakes going into his Saturday night fight with Donald Cerrone.
The broken-down UFC two-division champion became one unsuitable transfer away from changing into the most recent fight-sport cliché of the broad name who may seemingly seemingly quit no unfriendly as he rocketed to the pinnacle, finest to squander it all as soon as he got there.
McGregor became the finest broad name in blended martial arts historical past in winning the UFC featherweight and light-weight title for the length of an 11-month span in 2015 and 2016, then improbably parlayed his fame proper into an enormous payday to box movie broad name Floyd Mayweather.
However McGregor became three years removed from his last victory – of any sort – when he arrived in Las Vegas for the Cerrone fight with quite a whole lot of baggage in tow: From an attack on rival Khabib Nurmagomedov, which resulted in a moral case, to an incident by which he punched an older man in a bar abet in Ireland, to reported ongoing investigations by Irish authorities into two alleged sexual assaults (which can peaceable sink him yet), McGregor had performed noteworthy to tarnish his legacy.
Last time round in Sin City, McGregor seemed extra interested by promoting his Pleasing Twelve whiskey ticket than battling Nurmagomedov, as he got mauled by the recent UFC lightweight champion sooner than an grotesque post-fight brawl broke out.
McGregor’s mission this week became crystal obvious. He had to illustrate the field he peaceable has his head in the sport. He had to illustrate he peaceable respected both the business and the of us that purchased the whole thing from tickets to pay-per-views to whiskey to T-shirts and enabled him to alter proper into a magnate.
McGregor needed to conduct himself love a gentleman open air the cage, and then shuffle into the octagon and existing the same ferocity and power he confirmed for the length of his breathtaking flee up to double-champion place.
After per week by which McGregor confirmed up for press conferences on time, complimented his opponent early and typically, and rarely acknowledged he became focused and elated to be abet doing what he beloved, “The Infamous” establish truth to his phrases with a vintage efficiency at T-Cell Enviornment.
McGregor steamrolled Cerrone with a series of shoulder shivers, a wonderfully placed head kick to the jaw, and a swarm of punches. The time of the TKO stoppage became 40 seconds, noteworthy to the approval of a delirious expert-McGregor crowd.
Create no mistake: McGregor didn’t factual want a employ here. He needed to make an announcement.
A lackluster victory would have ramped up talk about of McGregor’s most efficient days being in the abet of him. A loss would were disastrous for his drawing vitality.
As a change, McGregor looked love the fighter he ancient to be, with full of life striking and a shark’s sense for blood. No longer finest is McGregor abet, however the suits above UFC president Dana White in Endeavor’s C-suite, who aren’t fight fans and finest know the UFC as their cash cow, can breathe a train of relief shining they will count on utilizing the McGregor gravy tell for the foreseeable future.
If McGregor can defend his head on straight, that is.
We don’t know what is going to reach of the sexual assault investigations. However that pans out, McGregor wishes to proceed to defend out of effort. Surely some of the most outdated glide that made him a transcendent broad name will return, and that’s gorgeous. However he wishes to proceed exhibiting he’s all business when it counts.
“My coach (John Kavanagh) repeatedly acknowledged the worst nightmare for a coach, I achieved it all. The worst nightmare for coach is a student that achieves it all – the money, the fame, the belts, all that,” McGregor acknowledged on the post-fight info conference. “What then to encourage me? I had to struggle by that and then factual reach abet for the esteem love I got into it in the first place.
“For the esteem.”
McGregor completely looked love any individual who loves what he does in rolling over Cerrone, and now it all comes correct down to finding the intersection of which direction McGregor wishes to purchase, and the one who will make the UFC basically the most money.
White hinted strongly that he wants McGregor to rematch Nurmagomedov. Jorge Masvidal perceived to nudge Nate Diaz out of the “fun fight” image with his “BMF” employ at UFC 244, However McGregor, who became otherwise non-committal on most likely subsequent foes, got angry when requested on the clicking conference about the probability of a trilogy fight with Diaz.
Mayweather, meanwhile began shedding hints at a rematch over social media as soon as McGregor won. And whereas you would possibly seemingly seemingly seemingly abominate hearing this, if they will sucker half as many participants into shopping for a rematch as they did the first one, then the finances of it would work for all enthusiastic.
The purpose is, McGregor has options again. McGregor can call his shots. McGregor is peaceable the finest deal in the sport. And if he doesn’t let it all web to his head again, he’ll defend that manner for a extremely very lengthy time to reach.
We hate SPAM and promise to keep your email address safe