Conor McGregor has a knack for predicting the future. Here are 5 examples of how the UFC lightweight champion became “Mystic Mac” before he takes on Floyd Mayweather.
On Oct. 1, 1932, New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth, although the exact meaning of the act was never confirmed, called his shot during the World Series. As the Yankees were battling the Chicago Cubs in Game 3 at Wrigley Field, Ruth stepped up to the plate in the 5th inning, and proceeded to point towards center field. On the next pitch, Ruth hit a ball into the center field bleachers. That moment remains etched in the history of sports.
Since then, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has been able to call shots of his own, whether for competition purposes inside the Octagon, or based on incredible belief in himself and what “The Notorious” Irishman is able to accomplish in his life.
McGregor will have, by far, his biggest test to date on Aug. 26, when he steps into a brand new world – the boxing ring, against the greatest boxer of our generation, and maybe of all-time, the 49-0 Floyd “Money” Mayweather. The highly anticipated “Money Fight” will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and will air on Showtime Pay-Per-View in the United States.
McGregor, who became the first fighter in UFC history to win two world titles, in two separate weight divisions at the same time at UFC 205 back in November with a second round KO victory over Eddie Alvarez, has been widely known to the MMA community as “Mystic Mac”. This is due to his ability to see things that few others have been able to, and make them a reality. McGregor has confidently predicted that when he steps in the ring with Mayweather, he will knock him out inside of 4-rounds.
UFC president Dana White has gone on record several times in many interviews leading up to this mega-fight by saying, “I’m done doubting this kid.” If McGregor can do what he says he will do, it will go down as one of, if not, the greatest upsets in sports history.
Here are 5 examples of the UFC lightweight champion, Conor McGregor, calling his shot and predicting the future.
5. Diego Brandao – UFC Fight Night 46
When you look back on Conor McGregor’s UFC career, July 19, 2014 is a night that many fans claim was the beginning of the “Mystic Mac” era.
McGregor would headline his first event in the organization at UFC Fight Night 46 took on TUF 14 winner Diego Brandao, in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland. In the days leading up to the fight, McGregor sat down with UFC correspondent Caroline Pearce to discuss the upcoming bout. In that conversation, leading up to the biggest opportunity of McGregor’s career to that point, “The Notorious” put it on the line by declaring victory, and the way he would get it done.
“He’s gonna feel pressure like he never felt before,” McGregor said in the interview. “He’ll have his back against the fence from the bell, and I’m gonna press him and press him and crack him with shots he’s never felt.
“Then ultimately, he will crumble and I don’t think he’ll get out of the first round.”
Brandao did, in fact, not get out of the first round, as McGregor pressured his opponent from the opening seconds of the fight. McGregor fought off multiple submission attempts after being taken down early, before taking control of the fight. As the action returned to the feet, McGregor was able to land a big combination to set up the flurry that would end the fight.
As McGregor predicted, at 4:05 of Round 1, the fight was over, and the hometown hero was awarded the victory by TKO.