3 times ‘Mystic Mac’ missed his mark

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has a winning record inside the octagon but one of the things that makes “Mystic Mac” so intriguing and entertaining is his willingness to make bold, oftentimes chillingly accurate, predictions as to how his future bouts will come to an end.

Fighters making predictions for their fights is not a new phenomenon, however; McGregor has honed this skill like no other modern combat sports athlete and uses it to drive his popularity and mainstream status into previously uncharted waters for a mixed martial artist.

Taking cues from one of the greatest talkers in all of sports, Muhammad Ali, nearly everyone remembers the rhyming one liner that came to fruition, but what about the times when “Mystic Mac” wasn’t so mystic? In the list below, we take a look at three times “Mystic Mac” missed his mark.

3) UFC Fight Night 59: Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver

The Prediction: “January 18th, I feel I will stop Dennis Siver inside two minutes,” McGregor said in an interview with Joe Rogan on Saturday’s UFC 182 pay-per-view broadcast. “I have run through some scenarios, and I cannot see him escaping the first two minutes. He is a seasoned veteran, he is a kickboxing expert, a taekwondo expert, and he is my most experienced competitor that I will have faced. But I feel that under two minutes it will take me to dispatch him.”

UFC Fight Night 59: Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver
UFC Fight Night 59: Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver

The Result: Although an impressive win, “Mystic Mac” was less than mystifying with his predictions as it took him nearly seven minutes to take care of Dennis Siver, 6.54 to be exact.  No easy task and an impressive victory, but McGregor none the less was unable to back up his bold predictions.

UFC Fight Night 59: Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver
UFC Fight Night 59: Conor McGregor vs. Dennis Siver

Next: UFC 202: Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz II

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