While normally you dismiss people who talk so highly of themselves, in his case, its true. UFC Dublin was an incredibly successful night for the UFC but also for all the Irish fighters that took to the Octagon. By finishing his opponent in the first round it also marked a successful comeback from injury for Ireland’s finest Mixed Martial Artist.
Conor had narrated his own career by talking about blasting his way into the UFC, kicking the door open for his team-mates and fellow countrymen and laying waste to all challengers in the UFC’s featherweight division en route to the titland dragging the UFC back for an event in Dublin. So far so good, a win on Saturday was beeded to keep the streak alive.
By the time the main event rolled around Irish fighters had gone undefeated on the night (4-0). There had also been 3 wins for Conor McGregor’s SBG team-mates. All that was required was an exclamation point put on the night with an emphatic victory from Conor McGregor. A big ask maybe but cometh the hour, cometh the man.
Conor’s opponent, Diego Brandao offered an early barrage in an attempt to draw a line in the Octagon but once Conor settled into his stride we saw exactly why the hype is real. Throwing a diverse range of punches and kicks, Conor had Brandao rocked early. Brandao began to look pedestrian as Conor moved up the gears and seemed to flow like water around the Octagon.
Landing at will Conor began to load up his punches with power, freezing Brandao with a body shoot first and then dropping him with a vicious left. Conor followed Brandao to the floor and landed right hand after right hand as Brandao covered up and waited for the referee to finish the fight.
After a year out with a knee injury that has ended many a sports career, Conor McGregor returned in triumphant fashion in his hometown. He will only have big fights ahead of him with tougher opposition than he’s faced. You get the sense that is exactly what Conor wants.
Conor spoke afterwards saying "This is the feeling of success bursting through every vein in my body. I've been saying all week that I'd finish this guy in the first round - I seem to be predicting the future. I just felt comfortable - this is what I was put here to do. Something tells me that by the end of the year, I'll be world champion. I would turn over every man, woman and child to get that belt. And I want to fight again soon. I want to get straight back in there."
While UFC president Dana White poured cold water on the idea of a title before the year is out, Conor has a habit of talking things into reality.