Conor McGregor loses to Cowboy Cerrone Tonight.
Conor McGregor is no longer a fighter. He’s a Superstar.
And Superstars can never be fighters once they’ve traded in the passion to punch a man in the face with their addiction to hearing cheers from their adoring crowd of fans.
No longer is he the young, inexperienced teenage fighter, inspired by poverty and neccessity. No, that Conor is long gone. Conor McGregor is now “The Notorious“, and in 2020 he is a virtual movie star, inspired only by the cameras recording his every move, his personal DJ that he brings with him to his fight camp, and getting praise from ESPN for making sure he has the right pair of gucci shoes on.
A fighter starts his career wanting to pay the rent, feed his kids, buy a house for his Mom, prove to his Father that he’s a champion, get out of the ghetto or channel his inborn desire to punch someone in the face. His actual goal, as true of most natural born fighters, is to “make it to the top” of their respective financial ladders. In the case of boxing, it used to be to make it to an HBO pay-per-view special and win the Heavyweight title. In MMA, it’s to make it to the UFC and become a champion.
But what happens when you’ve conquered your goals and become an undisputed double champion, holding two belts in the same company in two different weight classes? Do you go for three? 4? All of them?
Conor decided to enter boxing. Although he’s never boxed in a professional match a single day in his life, he challenged the then 49-0 Floyd Mayweather to a fight in 2017.
Needless to say, Mayweather was quite happy at retiring with his now 50-0 record.
Immediately after his TKO loss to Mayweather, the shockwaves felt in Conor’s mind were put on display for the world to witness. He’s since aquired multiple arrests for assaulting people, he broke a fans cell phone outside of a nightclub, pissed off some important people in his homeland of Ireland, he had to answer multiple accusations of cheating on his partner with several women (one of which claims he’s fathered her child), he punched an old man in the face for not wanting to drink his whiskey, gets stripped of both of his UFC belts, and threatens another UFC fighter, Khabib Nurmagomedov, by throwing a hand truck at the window of a UFC bus filled with athletes, coaches and people uninvolved with the then brewing conflict with Conor and his adversary.
This ridiculous and outlandish criminal behavior wasn’t punished but rather rewarded with a $50 Million Dollar contract offer to fight the new champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and get a chance to redeem his character and prove that his violent acts weren’t the result of a crazed man whose scrambled mind is now plauged by fear, frustration and an over-inflated ego which is unable to cope with defeat.
The match resulted in another loss for McGregor, his third most devestating defeat, and second fighting loss in a row. Not by knockout or TKO, but by tap-out. In other words, Conor gave up.
15 months after his loss he returns today, 1/18/2020 to fight Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, a UFC veteran who has broken more records than any other fighter in UFC history. Conor can brag about his former position as being the most dominant force in the UFC, but he certainly is the most popular, even with guys like Jorge Masvidal, Israel Adesanya and Stipe Miocic proving that no one cared about McGregor in 2019. The only people who seem to be excited about Conor’s return is the “casual” fan, who only knows about Conor thanks to some friend of thiers who mentioned his name in relation to the UFC or plays him in a video game.
But in terms of being a true hall-of-famer, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is the person who holds the records for most wins, most knockouts, most bonuses and many other accolades unachieved by other fighters in the UFC. He challenged Conor McGregor back in 2016, but Conor declined his offer – despite previously saying he’d fight Cowboy anytime, anywhere – and chose what he believed to be an easier fight with Nate Diaz, who subsequently defeated Conor by choking him, causing him to tap, and resulting in the first of two forfeits in Conor’s UFC run.
Cowboy is known for his devasting headkicks, perfect combos and his rear naked choke submissions. Conor is known for his left hand knockout power, and an inability to win any match that lasts more than 3 rounds, unless rewarded by the judges. In Diaz vs. Conor 2, McGregor spent 4 out of 5 rounds running away from Diaz, and was saved by the bell, nearly submitted just moments before the end of round 5. The match was given to Conor, but real UFC fans knew that Diaz just defeated Conor a second time.
So how does Conor McGregor manage to get rewarded for losing multiple times in a row and beating up old men at bars?
Because he’s a millionaire. Because he’s “The Notorious”. Because he’s Conor Mcgregor, and “Casual Conor Fans” will have nothing else to cling to when they say they’re fans of the UFC unless Conor’s name is mentioned in the Pay-Per-View they’re willing to spend their sneaker money on.
As with any sport, millionaires never seem to be penalized unless they self destruct and spend all of their own money. Conor has managed to keep his bank account secured and paid off anyone who would have been a threat to his lifestyle or career. He’s avoided jail time and even with video proof of him throwing a left punch to a sitting, unarmed, elderly man’s face at a local pub, he suffered no penalty.
Conor McGregor is no longer motivated by the ferocity of his desire to fight. Instead, he bathes in the sea of cheers from his “my-man-can-do-no-wrong-even-if-he-kills-someone” fanbase. These days, he makes sure his sunglasses look good for the video cameras and uplifted cell phones during the weigh-ins, and puts on a big smile for anyone willing to give him praise for “making his comeback”: albeit for the third and final time.
Here’s what’s going to happen tonight: Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone will knock out Conor McGregor with a head kick in the first round. Conor will be over confident, will try to land the big left hand to hurt Cowboy, and Cerrone will be ready. Cowboy will get hit with a couple of big punches, and when Conor dives in a second or third time with the big shot, Cowboy will land a solid right kick to the head, Conor will go down, and the fight will either stop at that moment, or Cowboy will proceed to take Conor’s back and force a tap.
If this doesn’t play out in this fashion, you can count on two other possible outcomes:
- A third round submission by Cowboy
- A 5 round fight that ends in a decision, giving Conor the win and a huge middle finger to an amazing performance by Donald Cerrone, who will receive yet another post fight bonus.
Casual fans will get upset at this prediction, but that’s expected. A “Casual” isn’t a fan of the sport. They’re a fan of Conor’s attitude, his cars, his house, his son, his Irish heritage, and his ability to entertain with his over-confident diatribe during any and all interviews he engages in.
But a true UFC fan will see that Donald Cerrone is bringing beers, bikes and a black snakeskin coat with a hat that covers his gaze to conceal that single headkick to the head that will finally give Conor the punishment he deserves.
Cowboy’s coming for Conor’s head… Dead or Alive.