Incomes the moniker, ‘Mystic Mac’, the Irishman made a behavior of calling when and the way he would end totally different opponents within the octagon.
Now he is again with a daring prediction for the UFC 257 rematch with Dustin Poirier, declaring: ‘I’ll knock Dustin out inside 60 seconds.
‘I really like Dustin, I feel he is an excellent fighter. He is even an excellent fighter, you understand? However nice continues to be ranges under me.’
So this is a reminder of how McGregor has fared together with his earlier prophecies, constructing his popularity as a visionary.
Conor McGregor is thought for his remarkably correct predictions of his personal fights
Donald Cerrone, UFC 246 – January 2020
The final time McGregor stepped into the cage was a yr in the past.
He was getting back from a protracted absence and whereas he did not supply a spherical and was respectful in direction of Donald Cerrone, ‘Mystic Mac’ did anticipate the end.
‘Donald predicted I would not get by way of Aldo. I obtained by way of Aldo,’ he stated.
‘He predicted I used to be too small for the 155-pound division. I conquered that division. We have had an excellent back-and-forth myself and Donald.
‘As time has gone on, it is onerous to not respect Donald at this stage. Though there will probably be blood spilled, it won’t be dangerous blood however the Mystic Mac prediction, it is going to be a KO.’
End result – McGregor wins by first spherical TKO
McGregor predicted a end of Donald Cerrone final yr and duly obliged in spherical one
Eddie Alvarez, UFC 205 – December 2016
Not all of ‘Mystic Mac’s’ predictions had been concerning the battle itself.
Two years earlier than he took on Eddie Alvarez in New York for the light-weight title, he tweeted that he would have ‘two belts and shares within the firm’.
He duly went on to develop into a two-weight champion that night time with certainly one of his greatest performances.
As for the battle itself, the Dubliner did say he’d end it inside the primary 5 minutes, roaring: ‘Shut your f****** mouth. I run New York. I run this entire ship. And “Mystic Mac” predicts; I’m going to KO you inside one spherical.’
And it virtually regarded as if he’d obtained it bang on, flooring Alvarez twice inside the primary spherical however the American survived to see the second.
McGregor predicted he’d develop into a two-weight champion and did simply that at UFC 205
From there although, one other image good mixture put him down and introduced the stoppage.
Though he narrowly missed choosing the spherical, afterwards McGregor stated: ‘I see these pictures. I see these sequences.
‘When you really imagine in it, for those who develop into vocal with it, you might be creating that regulation of attraction and it’ll develop into actuality. Mystic Mac strikes once more.’
End result – McGregor wins by second spherical TKO
Jose Aldo, UFC 194 – December 2015
That is now one of the crucial well-known moments in UFC historical past and McGregor knew it will occur earlier than anybody else did.
Main as much as the battle, he stated: ‘I’ll KO him in a single spherical.
‘Each single motion I make will get an overreaction from him as a result of he is too emotionally invested in it.
‘I see him overeating, overextending after which being KO’d unconscious.’
It was uncanny. Cameras captured footage of McGregor hitting pads within the dressing room in precisely the way during which he would knock out all-time nice Aldo to win the featherweight title.
It took simply 13 seconds for the Brazilian to do exactly what McGregor stated he would, overreacting, overextending and ending up unconscious.
End result – McGregor wins by spherical one KO
Chad Mendes, UFC 189 – July 2015
McGregor took Mendes on at brief discover to win the interim featherweight title five-and-a-half years in the past.
And he was so supremely assured in his means to foresee what would occur, that he provided a large wager to Dana White and the then proprietor of the UFC Lorenzo Fertitta.
On an American speak present, White revealed: ‘You wish to know the way assured this child is?
‘I can not even imagine I will say this, however, he instructed Lorenzo and I the opposite day ‘I am going to guess you $3 million I knock him out within the second spherical.’
‘I wish to guess, I do not know if I am that keen to take that guess. Once I inform you how extraordinarily assured this man is in himself, it is fascinating. He’s a really distinctive, fascinating individual to hearken to. Enjoyable to hearken to, and enjoyable to observe.’
End result – McGregor wins by spherical two TKO
Dustin Poirier, UFC 178 – September 2014
It was in a pre-fight Q&A that McGregor outlined how he thought his first battle with Poirier would go.
He stated the Louisiana native’s chin was deteriorating and that he went on one knee each battle he will get in.
McGregor added: ‘I will crack him with a jab, he’ll wobble and I will put him away early.
‘It is going to be a primary spherical KO mark my phrases.’
Conor McGregor made brief work of Dustin Poirier of their first assembly again in 2014
If McGregor’s prediction for the primary battle is something to go by, Poirier needs to be involved forward of January 23.
The Irishman linked with a jab 90 seconds in, wobbled his opponent after which put him down earlier than making good on his phrases and ending it within the first.
End result – McGregor wins by spherical one TKO
Diego Brandao, UFC Combat Night time 46 – July 2014
This one should have been satisfying. McGregor fought Diego Brandao in Eire in entrance of 1000’s of his supporters who will observe him anyplace.
Forward of the homecoming encounter, he stated: ‘Folks say he (Brandao) begins effectively and fades, I do not suppose he is even going to start out effectively.
‘I will be straight at him off the gate and he’ll really feel strain like he is by no means felt earlier than.
‘Then, in the end he’ll crumble and I do not suppose he’ll get out of the primary spherical.’
He was bang on the cash, With a minute to go within the first spherical, the referee waved it off after McGregor had floored Brandao with some big left fingers and adopted it up with floor and pound.
End result – McGregor wins by spherical one TKO
However he is not all the time on the cash
After all, regardless that McGregor’s popularity for correct predictions is effectively deserved, there are occasions he is been extensive of the mark.
Khabib Nurmagomedov, UFC 229 – October 2018
A battle for the ages, essentially the most notorious and profitable in UFC historical past however McGregor suffered defeat by the hands of the undefeated wrestling sensation.
Earlier than the battle he’d predicted: ‘I feel I will flip him right into a bobblehead, to be sincere.
‘I imply it is private, however it’s the identical. It is all the time just a little private, however in there it is only a clean face and a brand new physique. I see him turning right into a bobblehead once I hit him.
‘I really feel his mind goes to rattle when he will get a clatter off me. That is what I am protecting in my head.’
End result – Khabib wins by fourth spherical submission
Khabib submitted the Irishman at UFC 229 in 2018 however their rivalry has continued to bubble
Floyd Mayweather – August 2017
McGregor stepped into the boxing world as MMA’s greatest star and took on the perfect the candy science needed to supply.
Realistically, there have been few who thought he may pull it off and Mayweather had an excessive amount of for him ultimately.
However that did not cease a daring prediction from McGregor. He stated: ‘I will go straight ahead and put him away, inside 4 rounds. I’ve dominated the UFC and I’ll dominate boxing additionally.’
End result – Mayweather wins by tenth spherical TKO
McGregor was very assured forward of his battle with Floyd Mayweather however got here up brief
Nate Diaz, UFC 196 – March 2016
Loads of hype and an outstanding build-up however McGregor missed the mark with this one.
Stepping as much as 170-pounds was a stretch too far regardless that he managed to precise revenge within the rematch.
Earlier than the primary Diaz conflict, he stated: ‘His repetitive foot patterns are too predictable, too readable.
‘He will probably be too sluggish in there. My pace will stifle him. He has a gentle physique and lack of preparation.
‘He won’t be able to deal with the ferocity. Finish of the primary spherical I really feel he will probably be put away. I respect Nate, do not get me flawed however enterprise is enterprise, he’ll get knocked out.’
End result – Diaz wins by spherical two submission
McGregor was submitted by Nate Diaz of their first battle at UFC 196 in Las Vegas