imagine tim getting so bothered by people’s technology choices like “CONNER WHAT IS THAT THING IN YOUR HAND YOU’RE PRETENDING IS A PHONE” and “dick you know you can take that machine and just *fill in with two-hour long technobabble*” to which dick is just like “yeah sure timmy you’ll have to do that for me someday” but the worst one is
“BRUCE PLEASE YOU ARE A MILLIONAIRE YOU CAN AFFORD A NEW COMPUTER UGH THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY”
What's your favorite book, what's your favorite movie, what's your favorite song?
I love the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. I’ve read it a lot. I also recently became a fan of Maze Runner (ain’t that relevant?). My favorite childhood book was Goodnight Moon.
My favorite movie… hmm… my family and I are avid watchers of the James Bond series - and when I was younger I loved Austin Powers too. I’m a big fan of Benjamin Button since it takes place in NOLA. I also loved a lot of the recent Marvel movies, Logan was great.
My favorite band is Gorillaz, and yes, I’ve listened to every single new song on their album and I LOVED it. I’m a bit of an old soul for music, thanks to my parents. I love Supertramp, Fleetwood Mac, Bruce Springsteen, Four Seasons, ABBA, Elton John and many others. In more recent music, I like a lot of mashup artists like Girl Talk and Milkman, and other various artists like Clean Bandit, Moon Taxi, Mystery Skulls and Passion Pit.
My Old Man (Mac DeMarco cover)
She Calls My Name
Do This Right
Here We Go Again
Growin’ Up (Bruce Springsteen cover)
Long Way Home
No Surprises (Radiohead cover)
Meet Me In The Middle
Tender (Blur cover)
Since the last post I wrote seemed to generate a lot of interest, I’ve decided that I might as well buckle down and write part two. Before I get started, I want to establish one thing: This is not about who Conor McGregor is as a human being, how he sells himself, or how I feel about him as a person. This is about his technical abilities plain and simple.
To put it bluntly, Conor McGregor is most likely one of, the best fighters of our time. He truly embodies Bruce Lee’s philosophy of being like water and having a style of no style (which is kind of funny given the fact that SBGi was founded by JKD guy Matt Thornton). He throws hands like a boxer, stands and moves like a karateka, and kicks like capoeirista. His style is personal, unique, and seems to by hyper aware as to what his physical attributes are (namely his really long arms). This alone could easily be enough to carry him to an elite level, but his style is not what makes him truly dangerous. His most powerful weapon is not his technique, but his mind. This only became readily apparent during his last two fights, as most of his previous opponents (and most MMA fighters) basically fight the same. While it was clear that McGregor was intelligent based on his shit talking ability, Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones have shown us that normal IQ and fight IQ are not all that closely linked.
Conor McGregor is a mentally perfect fighter. That is his secret. He is perfectly focused. He is perfectly calm. For him, fighting no different from going for a walk or mowing the lawn. Aside from the fact that he is obsessed. Not only with his own skills and movement, but his opponents. I would be willing to bet that every time he has a fight booked, he watches every single fight that said opponent has had not less than 20 times. He goes over each one, in order, looking for patterns and exploitable flaws. Once he finds what he needs he builds an intricate gameplan. And than he goes out an executes it flawlessly. Nowhere was this more apparent than in his fight with Chad Mendes. Before that fight (and on fairly short notice) he worked out that he could out strike Mendes, that Mendes could be lured into a stand-up fight (being a standard wrestler-turned-powerpuncher), and that he lacked the necessary skills to wrestle with Mendes or sub him from the bottom.
McGregor’s plan was relatively simple: he lured Mendez into striking exchanges my allowing him to land just enough to not shoot until late in the first round. As long was the fight was standing he went to the body constantly with spinning back kicks and front kicks. When Mendes did finally take him down, he stuck with closed guard and worked to tie Mendes up and limit damage rather than go for sweeps or submissions. Most of the action that happened on the ground took place in round 2, and while McGregor did take something of a beating he was never in danger of being finished. He spends all of his time on his back laughing and mocking Mendes. Eventually Mendes goes for a mounted guillotine choke and once again McGregor’s preperation comes into play as he smoothly rolls out using a technique that the UFC embedded footage showed him drilling a lot. He was ready for this. At this point Mendes is exhausted from the body kicks and four minutes of flailing around in McGregor’s guard. Mendes tries to shoot last time, fails, and with seconds left on the clock McGregor backs him into the fence and lands the same straight left from the same angle that put out Brandao and Siver.
Finally, the Aldo fight. If McGregor’s fight with Mendes was a masterclass on how to game plan against someone that you should be weak against on short notice, his fight with Aldo was a demonstration of just how good he is at working out where people are weak. He said he would end it in the first exchange, and he did. And before anyone calls that lucky, watch this:
He knew. McGregor is not just incredibly athletic and creative. He has a previously unheard of analytical skill when it comes to breaking down other fighters. And that is what makes him special above all else.
In summery: McGregor’s true superpower is his ability to gameplan and we just didn’t see it until recently because (as I said in my last write-up) a lot of MMA fighters kinda fight the same. Up next: some creative strikers that pushed the edges of what people thought could work in MMA in the past that just didn’t quite put it all together.