5 Reasons Why WWE NEEDS To Sign Conor McGregor!
5 reasons why we think McGregor can beat Mayweather
On 26th August, MMA Champion Conor McGregor – or THE Conor McGregor as he likes to be known – will take on Floyd Mayweather, widely believed to be the best boxer of his generation. Announcement of the fight has caused aficionados of the fist a sharp intake of breath with the consensus being that McGregor, taken out of his comfort zone and put firmly in Mayweather’s, will receive a humiliating smack-down.
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But we here at MH have been thinking. Maybe, just maybe he has a chance... In fact, here are five reasons why we believe this match isn't over before it has begun.
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Cocky. Self-confident. Megalomania. Call it what you will but whatever it is, McGregor’s got it in abundance. Belief in himself and his skills combined with identifying and eliminating his weak-points is key. According to sports psychologist Dr Steve Bull, the visualisation and anticipation of success go a long way. “The most important thing with imagery is using multiple senses, like sound, sight and smell,” he says. Previous victories, huge social media following and being surrounded by a training environment bent on his success should be a good start for The McG. Admit it, you're starting to believe the hype.
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The guy has an unbelievable work ethic.
Fighter Aerobic/Anaerobic System Training is a method co-created and adopted by McGregor after his shock defeat in March 2019 by Nate Diaz. Having almost emptied the tank by round two, McGregor realised he needed to improve, so he embarked on a routine of conditioning training designed to increase stamina and strength. His combination of HIT workouts and longer high-speed aerobic sessions are now being adopted by football, tennis and rugby coaches around the world. His dynamic 12-week programme including rowing, cycling running, weights and bag-work could just give him the edge. He'll go the 12-rounds.
For all McGregor’s showmanship, he has a humble side, too. He started fighting at the age of six. As a smaller than average boy he was bullied at school, at home and in between. For him, fighting was survival, simple as that. As he says, “I don’t care about sport; I didn’t want to become Irish Champion or World Champion – I did it to be left alone. If I didn't win, I wouldn't be left alone.” The Notorious has a survival instinct that Team Money simply doesn't possess.
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4. War Portal
The swiftest rise in McGregor’s career came after working with movement coach Ido Portal. Portal is a movement specialist, having travelled the world since his teens learning – amongst other things – martial arts, capoeira, osteopathy, ballet, yoga, circus skills and gymnastics. He gave McGregor a grace, fluidity and an efficiency of movement that Mayweather just doesn’t have. Boxing is all about angles. And McGregor has them all.
As Marc Andressen says ‘Adaptability is key.” And McGregor’s training is constantly evolving. He identifies weaknesses, problems and flaws, addresses them and improves. He will have seen where Mayweather can better him and focussed on that. According to Monica A Frank, Ph.D, adaptability improves ambition, fulfilment and sees people more engaged and less likely to fail or give up when challenged. Those who are adaptable are less subject to psychological stress and experience greater well-being, and, crucially, to achieve their goals. McGregor may be an MMA fighter, but he has the skills to box.
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