- I am from Nothing to Something and to Everything – Conor McGregor
The sold-out MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada played host to one of the biggest events in UFC history on Saturday night.
Two title fights. Two title changes. And one of the most incredible in-cage moments in the entire 22-year history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Jose Aldo (25-1) and Conor McGregor (19-2) was meant to be a fight for the ages. It had been built up with a world press tour that saw both men’s contrasting personalities clash over, and over, and over again.
1.Brazilian Aldo Had Not Lost An MMA Bout In Over 11 Years
- Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust – Sun Tzu
-Aldo’s standing as the UFC’s number one rated pound for pound fighter. He had not been beaten in a decade.
– Had Made Seven Successful Defences of His Title
-Jose Aldo had won 18 consecutive fights over the last 11 years
2.Conor McGregor Deliver The Fastest Finish in MMA Title Fight History In Just 13 Seconds
- Move swift as the Wind and closely-formed as the Wood. Attack like the Fire and be still as the Mountain – Sun Tzu
- Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt – Sun Tzu
Conor McGregor stunned the world of UFC with a devastating stoppage of Jose Aldo in just 13 SECONDS at UFC194.
“It was a fight. And it was perfect. Not simply in its execution but in that it adds so much to the McGregor lore. Thirteen seconds. Against a man who hadn’t lost in over a decade. Yes, that happened.”
3.Conor McGregor Knocked Out Jose Aldo With Just One Punch
- The greatest victory is that which requires no battle – Sun Tzu
- Opportunities multiply as they are seized – Sun Tzu
John McCarthy is the referee in charge of the action. No touch of gloves. McGregor is southpaw. Aldo charges and lands a punch, but McGregor connects clean and knocks him out with the very first punch. That’s it. McGregor is the champ.
4. Precision Beats Power and Timing Beats Speed
- He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight – Sun Tzu
- He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces – Sun Tzu
“He’s powerful, he’s fast. But precision beats power and timing beats speed and that’s what you saw there “
Cornor McGregor stated in the interview afterwards that precision beats power and timing beats speed
5. Powerful Left Hooked
- Know yourself and you will win all battles Sun Tzu
“Nobody can take that left hand shot,” McGregor said after the fight
The bookies could not separate the two foes but it took just one devastating left hand to end the Brazilian’s 11-year unbeaten streak
6. The Importance of Confidence
- You have to believe in yourself – Sun Tzu
- Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win – Sun Tzu
– IF there’s one thing Conor McGregor doesn’t lack, it’s confidence, and he let the world know that no matter how good Jose Aldo was, he was always going to be better.
“I get in there, and I put on a show,” McGregor said. “I come to fight, and this fight will be a performance. I’m not just going to beat Jose. I’m going to embarrass Jose in there. I don’t need to gather any more intel, any more research. It’s done. He has already lost.”
“I will be a ghost in there, he will think I’m there and then I am not there. He will think I am not there and then I am there, so, I am gonna put on a masterpiece for this fight. This will, this will prove my point that I am the number one.”
7. The Importance of Preparing to be Fresh and Calm
- He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take the enemy unprepared – Sun Tzu
McGregor revealed the most important move he made in claiming the featherweight title happened well before he even stepped into the Octagon.
It wasn’t to do with becoming stronger or hitting harder. Rather, it was all about preparing in a way to make sure he was as fresh as possible during one of the most stressful periods of his life.
“Fight week is already a stressful week, there’s already a lot of struggle, so you must make it as least amount of that as possible.
The Bleacher Report’s senior MMA columnist Mike Chiappetta thought McGregor’s most impressive achievement wasn’t just that he threw such an effective left hook, but that he threw it under such immense pressure.
8. Mind Over Body
- If the mind is willing, the flesh could go on and on without many things – Sun Tzu
Conor McGregor said the most important impact this had wasn’t necessarily just on his physical state, but on his mind.
“I’ve always been fascinated by movement, I always look at people that can move in unusual ways and who have complete control of their frame. I don’t just see them as having control of their body and frame, but they have control over their mind.
“When I woke up today I didn’t wake up with my brain telling me my foot was sore … this time I woke up and there was absolutely nothing wrong. I felt free. I felt in control and free.”
“I am in a state of zen right now. My mind is calm, composed, I am prepared and I am happy.
“I visualise entering the contest unpredictable. I will pressure him, I will evade him, I will strike him with every limb, the knee, the heel, the fist, the elbow.
9. The Importance of Movement Based Training
- Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent’s fate. – Sun Tzu
“We brought in Mr Ido Portal this week for fight week … we trained for a couple of days which was perfect because the hard training is about entering the contest fresh, your body supple and free,” said McGregor.
“Fight week is already a stressful week, there’s already a lot of struggle, so you must make it as least amount of that as possible. Bringing in Ido was phenomenal. It re-centred the mind, it changed the training. It was movement based, there was no contact.”
Ido Potal does acrobatics and tumbling, gymnastics ,equilibre and handbalancing ,bodyweight strength and conditioning, mobility, stretching, movement nutrition and health training.
10. Sun Tzu Art of Attacking
- Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where you are not expected. – Sun Tzu
Engage people with what they expect; it is what they are able to discern and confirms their projections. It settles them into predictable patterns of response, occupying their minds while you wait for the extraordinary moment — that which they cannot anticipate. – Sun Tzu
“He threw a cross on my chest which I wasn’t expecting and I threw a punch and he came back with another cross and that was that,” Jose Aldo said.
“I think we need a rematch because that was not really a fight, so we need to get back in here. “We’re going to have to come back in here.”
11. The Rise of New Era in MMA
- Know yourself and you will win all battles – Sun Tzu
“He is already beaten,” McGregor said prior to the fight. “I look in his eyes, and I see someone who knows his era is over. It’s a new era. It’s my era. I almost want to comfort him. I want to say, ‘Don’t worry. It will all be over soon.'”
MMA website Bloody Elbow’s Tim Burke said the performance by the man from the Emerald Isle would be the catalyst for the sport to undergo significant change.
“If UFC 193 wasn’t enough to usher in a new era for the promotion, UFC 194 certainly was. Things will never be the same,” Burke said.
12. Sun Tzu Art of War for Studying Your Opponent
- If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle – Sun Tzu
Rumours had emerged that McGregor had spies inside the Jose Aldo camp. Was that the reason for McGregor’s sure statement of victory? When asked if the rumours were true, the interim champion paused, smiled, and said only one word, “yes”.
“That’s not a problem”, replied Jose Aldo. “his spies must be saying I’m gonna go in there and win the fight so I’m very easy about that.”
In the aftermath of the fight, McGregor is classy in victory, acknowledging Aldo has been a dominant champion and deserved for the fight to go longer. He also noted, however, that his belief that timing beats speed. McGregor argues even if the fight had gone long, Aldo would’ve been finished eventually. McGregor thanks all the Irish who attended and says, ‘We did it!”
Speaking on the prospect of changing divisions and fighting as a lightweight, McGregor made sure nobody was in any doubt as to what would happen with his title belt if that were to happen.
“If I go to the lightweight division there’s no way in hell I’m vacating my belt,” he said.
“I will be a dual world champion … there’s no vacating, that’s not happening.”