Never let it be said that Conor McGregor isn’t a man to call his shots. While things may not always play out exactly as planned (pretty sure Mayweather didn’t go out inside four), he’s never shied away from sharing his vision of the fight in front of him.
It’s a tendency that’s earned him the nickname ‘Mystic Mac’ and created a catchphrase out of his post-Dustin Poirier KO victory speech, where he famously told the crowd, “I said I’d knock him out in the first round and I knocked him out in the first round. You can call me ‘Mystic Mac,’ because I predict these things.”
And so, once again, McGregor is gazing into his crystal ball, as he heads into UFC 229 to face lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. After a reading of tea leaves and a little palmistry, the ‘Notorious’ delivered his vision in a recent interview with Ariel Helwani.
“I believe KO,” McGregor said when asked how the fight would play out. “Devastating, devastating KO. I hope it’s not too early, to be honest. I believe I will clatter him, he will crumble. I don’t believe they can take a smack.
“A lot of people believe the fight hinges on whether he can take it,” McGregor continued, “whether he has the chin of a Diaz or maybe the composure of a Mayweather. But, I don’t believe he has either of those. I think he reacts like a novice, and I think he is a man with a glass chin that hasn’t been cracked yet. He’s been cracked a little bit, but not by a sniper rifle. So, I hope he absorbs it, and then I’m going to maul him. Let’s see who’s having a conversation in there. Let’s see who’s doing the talking.”
UFC 229 goes down this Saturday, October 6th, in Las Vegas, NV. The event will be headlined by the lightweight title bout where McGregor can once again test his predictive capabilities in the Octagon.