SBGI founder John Kavanagh had a great blog in Ireland’s The 42. In his latest, UFC interim featheweight champion Conor McGregor’s coach talks about the preparation for the unification fight with Jose Aldo.
Everything is looking good for this fight to finally go ahead now, so we’re in a much better place at this point in time. The fight is going to happen, Conor is free of injuries, his weight is on point… basically, a lot of factors are combining to make everything perfect. I really believe you’re going to see a completely new Conor. Not just as a coach, but also as a fan, I’m extremely excited to see it all unfold.
I’ve said from the start that I can see this being a two-round fight, yet another part of me can see it being over in 60 seconds. But we give respect where it’s due because Jose Aldo has been the champion for a long time.
He’ll probably try to slow the pace down and initiate some grappling exchanges. However, with Conor’s fight IQ and the manner in which he can read situations, even if Aldo comes out with a completely new style and approach, it won’t take Conor long to work it out. It’s almost like The Matrix, in that he sees a new problem which is being presented, downloads the correct response from his brain and then executes the plan.
I think it’s going to be really difficult for anybody at this stage to last longer than seven or eight minutes with Conor in that type of environment. If it’s not an extremely quick finish, I definitely can’t see it going beyond the second round.