Straight Blast Gym Ireland’s Conor McGregor Fights This Saturday
Conor McGregor Makes PPV Debut at UFC 178
This Saturday 27th September, SBG Ireland’s Conor McGregor makes his UFC PPV debut against Dustin Poirier. The fight at UFC 178, in Las Vegas, marks the first reappearance of Straight Blast Gym in the Octagon since their historic night at UFC Dublin; a night that saw SBG Ireland walk away with four stoppages from four fights. Not surprisingly, since that night, the anticipation around McGregor has been at record highs. Despite this being only McGregor’s fourth UFC fight, and his first at PPV, much if not all of the hype around this weekend’s event is centered on the Straight Blast Gym athlete. Headlines across the web talk of McGregor; his talent, his sound bites, and the prospect of what heights he might one day reach, pulling focus from a main event that sees one of the best pound-for-pound fighters, Demetrious Johnson, defend his flyweight title against Chris Cariaso.
Conor McGregor is not just stealing the spotlight from the UFC 178 main event, he is also pulling it from his opponent; an opponent with greater experience and more a higher ranking than himself. McGregor is so confident that he is the one people are packing out the MGM Grand Garden to see, that he said:
“It’s around me, it’s not around Dustin. If Dustin pulled out and somebody else stepped in, the buzz would still be there… If I pulled out and somebody else steps in to face Dustin, tell me what happens then? Tell me if the buzz is the same? You’re damn right it’s not.”
While the attention around McGregor is no doubt greater than it has ever been, he continues to welcome and encourage it. Indeed, it appears if anything, to work in his favor. He stated:
“I’m living this life 24/7, whereas they are not. So when the contest gets made, when you sign to fight Conor McGregor, it’s a media storm, it’s a fan frenzy. All of a sudden, everybody’s eyes are on you. Day by day, they crumble.”
Conor McGregor At SBG Ireland
But to credit McGregor’s hype to his ability to talk trash in front of the cameras, or to credit his victories to his opponent’s inability to handle the spotlight, would do the Straight Blast Gym fighter a huge disservice. Working with SBG Ireland Head Coach John Kavanagh, and team mates that include unbeaten UFC welterweight, Gunnar Nelson, McGregor trains tirelessly, exploring and questioning every aspect of MMA in an endless pursuit for perfection. His confidence then, is not a result of a baselessly inflated ego, but instead on the knowledge that his own ability and training methods are a phenomenal combination; one that has seen him unbeaten in eleven fights, with only one of those going to a judges’ decision.
Win or lose, the excitement that surrounds Conor McGregor both in and out of the Octagon means there is little doubt that we will be seeing him for a long time to come. But for a man who regularly refers to himself as one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters alive, his pre-fight presidential suite in Las Vegas, ahead of this UFC PPV debut, is merely a rest stop on a journey to bigger and better things…