Up until this point, Conor McGregor has played his mind game to perfection. Jose Aldo, Jr, his opponent on Saturday 12 December had been subjected to every known psychological trick in a fighters arsenal.
He has been ridiculed. Insulted. Intimidated and thoroughly psyched out. McGregor has taken from Aldo his sense of security, by presenting himself as a serious threat both physically and psychologically to Aldo's reign.
The games began with basic fighter fare - name calling and similar techniques. This saw Conor repeating the term 'P*ssy' again and again. This rose far above simple name calling, however, and quickly became a repeated term used to undermine Aldo's perceived machismo and McGregor utilized it as often as he could, highlighting that Aldo would not touch McGregor outside of the ring, no matter what McGregor would call him.
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To expand on this McGregor began to quickly lambaste the docility of Aldo, stating that should anyone have insulted his own manhood then it would have resulted in a brawl.
To up the ante, McGregor then began to repeatedly steal the title belt from the possession of Aldo, reaffirming the thought that Aldo did not own the title, he merely held it for McGregor.
Again and again, the Irishman would steal the title, and always would he call Aldo a 'P*ssy', even going so far as to learn it in Aldo's native tongue of Portuguese. Furthermore, McGregor escalated the threats, telling the Brazilian that he would kill him and end his career.
Alongside this onslaught of psychological pressure was the constantly running hype train of Conor McGregor, the interviews, the video game, the DVD's and everything that ran alongside the Irishman, whereas Aldo was left out of the limelight, further reaffirming the psychological idea that McGregor had planted in Aldo that stated that the Irishman was the true champion.
In finality McGregor has played the game so very well, it is unsure at this stage if he has swept up in the game himself. Can he defeat the Brazilian on Saturday? We will find out.