Conor McGregor impressed many UFC fans on Sunday night by destroying veteran Dennis Siver in a fight that has been hyped up and talked about by many over the last few months.
It was a contest billed as McGregor's most important fight to date, due to the fact that Siver was the last hurdle before being matched up against the reigning champ, Jose Aldo. McGregor needed to win this fight, and win it he did, in typical style, relaxed and easy.
From the get-go McGregor controlled the fight, landing some nice kicks and keeping Siver on the defensive. Siver tried to land some of his famous power kicks but couldn't connect with any of them and each one was followed by a quick taunt by McGregor as if to say Siver is not worthy to be in the same arena as him.
Going into the second round Siver had a massive cut on his eye, McGregor on the other hand looked like he had just stepped into the octagon.
He kept Siver up against the fence constantly and then two minutes before the end of the second round hit him with a nice one-two combo of jabs which sent Siver to the floor, ultimately leading to Herb Dean stopping the fight as McGregor pummelled him with a mix of elbow shots and uppercuts while he was on the ground.
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Potential to be the best?
He certainly looks like he has the potential to become one of the best, and already, after only five fights in the UFC, has the second best knockout rate of any fighter in the division, knocking out four of his five opponents. Jose Aldo, the champion, tops that list with nine.
Of course knock outs are important when it comes to judging other fighters and picking out future champions. But what matters the most is how the fighter actually fights.
Since coming into the UFC McGregor has made a name for himself as the joker of the division. His cocky, flamboyant behaviour has made him not only a fan favourite but also a management favourite, with UFC president Dana White developing a liking for McGregor as he has the ability to sell out fights just by talking.
The Special One
But this isn't the only thing that makes McGregor special. His fighting style and technique is like nothing we've seen before in the UFC. He mixes a number of fighting disciplines together to create this amazing blend of creativity, power, skill and relaxation.
His left hook is arguably his main threat, with enough power in it to take down a fighter two weight classes up from him, if he connects cleanly with it. He has a unique style of movement; it is very relaxed and it sometimes makes McGregor look like he is vulnerable to strikes or take downs, though this couldn't be further from the truth.
His next opponent however, Aldo is not one to mess around with. The champion of the featherweight division and second best pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC, Aldo has destroyed anybody who stood in his way
Although McGregor has a lot of strengths, like any other fighter he has weaknesses. Jose Aldo is famous for his leg kicks and knee strikes and he has taken many fighters out this way. McGregor will not be used to this and he will struggle to defend against it.
His open relaxed style, although fresh and new, may be his downfall as he leaves himself open to a lot of counter strikes from Aldo. If McGregor keeps dropping his guard after striking like he has done against his previous opponents, Aldo, who is a brilliant counter puncher, will capitalise on this and punish him.
That being said McGregor has adapted and changed the way he fights in every one of his bouts since appearing in the UFC, so don't be surprised if he changes his fighting style for this title bout.
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