Aldo vs McGregor is gonna be real.
One of the compromises of being a Mixed Martial Arts fan, and in particular a UFC fan, is there are so few people to talk about the sport with.
We are always having to explain ourselves and maneuver out of conversations with those who aren’t fans.
So this I a message in a bottle and my timestamped prediction on the outcome. I hope it finds you well…
Aldo is great fighter. He cleaned out his division and he had no quaility compeition left to fight, only opponents to fill up a fight card.
Aldo is very disciplined and his strategy in each of his matches has been perfect. His kicks don’t telegraph and his shin lands like a baseball bat.
But, none of his opponents could move Aldo and implement their strategy, they were always fighting Aldo’s fight.
McGregor is huge for his division. He is a coaching on the Ultimate fighter and he must be walking around over 170 pounds. McGregor’s fighting weight is 145 so that’s a huge cut to make weight and then a huge re-hydration to restore his power and energy.
We know everything about Aldo, nothing about McGregor. And that’s a huge advantage for McGregor. McGregor will train to stop the kick, keep distance and outbox Aldo. He’s going to keep moving to the side and away from the lead foot of Aldo.
What does Aldo know about McGregor? He fights southpaw but can easily change up. He has trained with Rory MacDonald and is excellent at changing levels quickly, without notice. McGregor has amazing knockout power and has tremendous self confidence.
Is Aldo going to try and frustrate Conor McGregor, get him upset and give up on his strategy? Is McGregor disciplined, will he stick to the script and adapt to the puzzles of Aldo?
Aldo vs McGregor — my prediction.
McGregor knocks out Aldo.
Styles make fights and Conor McGregor is every box checked. He has the skills, the fighting experience, discipline, trainers, bodytype, height, weight, reflexes and (almost psychotic) confidence needed to conquer Aldo.
And one more checked box, Conor McGregor has gotten into Jose Aldo’s head…
Originally published in Adam Townsend