Who Is Conor McGregor And How Will He Defeat Chad Mendes At UFC 189?
UFC 189 is on Saturday, and the interim featherweight championship bout between Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes is gearing up to be one of the most anticipated fights of all time. This won't be Mayweather-Pacquiao, probably, hopefully, maybe. Probably not. We sort of promise.
The question on the minds of many: Who is Conor McGregor and why does everyone care so much about him? Undefeated since he joined the UFC, McGregor is known as much for his mouth as for his brutal fighting style. He loves to talk shit:
Myself, Uncle Frank and the rest of La Familia are in the process of selecting another victim to eliminate in the meantime.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 15, 2014
Talking shit is important -- it helps build your brand. But it also obfuscates whether or not you're more hype than substance. McGregor is suspected of being nothing more than a marketing ploy built on highlight knockouts. He is, to be fair, a gregarious and engaging guy:
So what makes him such a great fighter? Thankfully, Robin Black exists. The animated analyst for The Fight Network breaks down McGregor's greatest strengths and the "winning conditions" he'll have to create in order to bring down Mendes.
Get ready for Saturday night.
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