Saturday 20 January 2018

‘Fighting Irish’ forecast the McGregor/Aldo unification title fight

Fergus Ryan

Fergus Ryan

We caught up with Aisling Daly, Cathal Pendred, Paddy Holohan and Norman Parke to get their forecast on how Conor McGregor v Jose Aldo will go down at UFC 194.

Irish sports fans are renowned for their passionate, loyal support. The green army is prepared to follow their heroes to the four corners of the planet to watch them compete.

We’ve seen this in abundance as Conor McGregor has journeyed with thousands of Irish MMA fans towards winning and now unifying the UFC featherweight titles. In December he will give up his interim title in the hope he can capture Jose Aldo’s title proper.

We surveyed some of the Fighting Irish currently plying their trade in the UFC. Naturally, the support for Conor was unanimous. Maybe its blind patriotism but more likely it’s a product of seeing McGregor go to work up close and personal.

What was most interesting to hear was the analysis that Conor is a bad match-up for Jose Aldo. Aldo is renowned for being a hard kicker but Conor’s southpaw stance maybe the perfect antidote to these attacks.

What’s also interesting is they all agreed that ‘The Notorious’ would not need all five championship rounds. Some predict it’ll be over a soon as the first round.

Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor are not friends
Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor are not friends

We’ll have to wait and see if their predictions are right but it’s going to be fun finding out.

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