Significant time has passed since the ‘Notorious’ Conor McGregor (21-4) was apologizing to absolutely nobody, hoisting two belts above the octagon and making it clear he did whatever he wanted.
3 years ago today I became a multiple time, multiple-weight World champion at Madison Square Garden, New York City. What a moment in my life. To capture the double once. Wow! To do it twice. Lord have mercy 🙏 I often look at this second picture and imagine how trippy that view must be for my father. Looking up at his son after doing exactly shot for shot what I told him I would do. I even done it no hands the second time. I will credit hard work for this moment but it’s not just that. Hard work alone is not enough. We can all work hard for a minute. It’s the consistency to do it over and over and over again that will lead you to these iconic moments. Year after year of focused work! I worked hard my last two fights. No doubt. But without consistency, I fell short. All amazing and valuable lessons going forward on this journey that is Martial Life! Onwards we go… Happy Tuesday everyone.
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Since then, he only has 1 win inside the octagon in nearly 3 years, ventured out to boxing, and has acquired a list of legal charges and allegations. Quite honestly he’s been in the light for more wrong than right in these last couple years. Nevertheless, his star-power hasn’t diminished, in fact it’s still very much intact thanks to his die-hard supporters. Through the good and the bad they’ll support him and his fights are so big that even if you don’t support what his actions are, you’re still all eyes when the cameras turn on. Such will be the case this Saturday.
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Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (36-13-0, 1NC), may not be the most noteworthy opponent due to coming off two loses (to be honest, his prior two opponents are probably more worthy of a matchup with Conor) but his track record along with his “anytime, anywhere, any place” mantra is worthy of this kind of fight and more than deserving of this pay-day.
One of the UFC’s most consistent fighters along with a record holder in several stats including fights, knockdowns and finishes. “Cowboy” has done it just about all. However, winning a belt in the UFC is something he is yet to do. A victory over McGregor may catapult him to what Dana White signifies as a “needle mover” and in return expedite his position to a potential title shot at either 170 or 155.
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A storm is brewing for the UFC’s Irishman, and if his back had ever been against a wall, consider it now more than ever. With this being the first fight of his “2020 season”, a loss may as well be a season-ending injury. For the “notorious” Conor, there’s no time for a minor setback, his room for error might as well have been part of his wild 2019 and what could potentially be his last chance at a major comeback begins this Saturday.
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In the wild, wild, west (AKA Sin City) there will be no love lost between Cowboy and Conor – just a ton of respect (which has been on full display throughout this fight week) but when the dust settles on an old fashion shootout, someone’s legend will have grown. May the man with the quickest draw stay standing.■