Just like Tom Berenger’s character in the movie ‘Major League’, Conor McGregor likes to call his shot. But just how many times has ‘Mystic Mac’ been on the money with his pre-fight predictions since becoming a massive star in the world of combat sports?
‘Mystic Mac’ first showed his face in the build-up to McGregor’s fight with Diego Brandao at UFC Fight Dublin in July 2014. ‘The Notorious’ stated he would back the former Ultimate Fighter against the fence from the opening bell and pile on the pressure before stopping him in the first round, and that is exactly what happened as McGregor dispatched the Brazilian in less than five minutes.
McGregor’s next outing would see him make his Las Vegas debut and the ever-confident Irishman told reporters he would make swift work of one of the most talented fighters in the lighter weight classes, Dustin Poirier. “I’m gonna crack him with my jab, he’s going to wobble and I’m going to put him away early,” he said. “It’s gonna be a first-round KO – mark my words.” Once again McGregor lived up to his prediction, troubling Poirier with heavy jabs before finishing him off in only 106 seconds.
His perfect run of predictions came to an end when the teak-tough Dennis Siver lasted more than two minutes in January 2015, but he was back on form ahead of the UFC 189 showdown with late replacement Chad Mendes. While the public prediction was off the mark, UFC president Dana White later revealed that McGregor had tried to bet $3million with him and then-owner Lorenzo Fertitta that he would stop Mendes in the second round – the bet did not happen but the second-round finish did.
Jose Aldo Fight
But of all the successful pre-fight predictions McGregor has made, none was more spectacular than the one he made to MMA writer Robin Black in the build-up to the featherweight title fight with Jose Aldo. Aldo was riding a decade-long unbeaten streak into the showdown with McGregor, but the Irishman was confident he would make swift work of the Brazilian and told the reporter that the then champion’s right hand would “get him in trouble”.
That is exactly what happened in the fight – Aldo lunged forward with a right and McGregor responded with a left hook that sent the Brazilian to the canvas with just 13 seconds on the clock. And just to make the prediction even more incredible, video footage from backstage made its way online in the wake of the fight and it showed McGregor stepping back from an imaginary punch and throwing that counter left during warm-up.
‘Mystic Mac’ had struck again, but will he be on the money with his prediction for the biggest fight of his career – that August 26 mega-fight against unbeaten boxing star Floyd Mayweather?
“I’m gonna knock him out inside four rounds – mark my words,” McGregor declared during the Los Angeles leg of the press conference tour. “He’ll be unconscious inside four rounds. The movement, the power, the ferociousness, he has not experienced this. He’s fought people who have shied away from him, I don’t fear him.”