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UFC 257: Conor McGregor’s five best UFC performances to date

Conor McGregor has headlined a few of the largest fights in UFC historical past, and in doing so has put in a few of the most memorable performances within the sport in recent times.

From featherweight to welterweight, McGregor has made his mark on the game with highlight-reel knockout wins, trash speak and a few championship belts.

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However which of his 10 UFC wins have been probably the most spectacular?

We put our heads collectively and got here up with this checklist of the Irishman’s high performances within the UFC. We took under consideration the extent of opponent, the scale of the event and the best way he earned these wins.

5. McGregor def. Nate Diaz through majority choice

We favored spectacular knockouts on this checklist, however the high-stakes context of this rematch made it laborious to not embody.

McGregor had been overwhelmed by Diaz just some months earlier after the Californian was a late-notice alternative for Rafael dos Anjos. A loss within the rematch at UFC 202 would have severely derailed the McGregor hype prepare.

Would he have been handed a light-weight title shot towards Eddie Alvarez, or a big-money boxing match reverse Floyd Mayweather with back-to-back losses? Doubt it.

He answered a whole lot of questions on struggle night time. It was the deepest he is ever been taken, he went 5 laborious rounds, took photographs and fended off submission makes an attempt.

It wasn’t his most full or gorgeous win, but it surely may need been the one we discovered most from.

4. McGregor def. Diego Brandao through first-round KO

The efficiency was chic, but it surely was the stage that made this one really spectacular.

It was McGregor’s first fundamental occasion struggle, in entrance of his hometown followers in Dublin. He was additionally getting back from a knee damage he suffered nearly a 12 months earlier throughout his win over Max Holloway, and he’d spoken lots of trash speak within the build-up.

In opposition to a Brazilian jiu-jitsu whiz in Brandao, who had gained “The Final Fighter” in 2011, McGregor stayed protected when the struggle went to the bottom, and he earned a brutal stoppage 4 minutes into the primary spherical.

3. McGregor def. Dustin Poirier through first-round KO

Simply over two months after his win over Brandao, McGregor was again within the cage towards Poirier in his first look on the principle card of a pay-per-view occasion.

McGregor was ranked ninth at featherweight, going through the fifth-ranked Poirier. “The Diamond” was additionally McGregor’s largest opponent thus far and was driving a three-fight win streak

There was extra smack speak, hundreds of thousands of eyeballs and an enormous quantity of stress. The winner was assured to be catapulted up the rankings, with a possible title struggle within the close to future.

When the opening siren sounded, McGregor proved he was ranges above Poirier, displaying poise and endurance on the best way to a powerful win. It was the final time he did not headline a UFC card.

2. McGregor def. Eddie Alvarez through second-round TKO for the UFC light-weight title

One of the vital devastatingly one-sided title fights gained by a challenger.

McGregor etched his identify into historical past by turning into a simultaneous two-weight UFC world champion when he completely dismantled Alvarez at Madison Sq. Backyard at UFC 205.

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After a sometimes heated build-up, McGregor dropped the then-lightweight champ quite a few occasions within the first spherical, showboated by holding his fingers behind his again and put an exclamation mark on the victory within the second.

The 2016 bout is his final win in title fights.

1. McGregor def. Jose Aldo through first-round KO for the UFC featherweight title

13 seconds. That is all it took for McGregor to ship the longtime featherweight champion Aldo to the canvas within the largest struggle of his life at UFC 194.

The win was made much more spectacular when footage was later leaked of McGregor practising the precise transfer — an ideal counter left to a charging Aldo — within the dressing room earlier than the bout.

We debated whether or not to rank the Alvarez victory No. 1 however opted for this win due to Aldo’s document and legacy within the sport.

What we discovered

Reflecting on a few of these wins is like taking a visit again in time to revisit the irresistable wave of momentum McGregor had on his journey to turning into a two-weight world champion.

It was just about not possible to not get caught up in it.

It is also price noting that the latest win on the checklist is over 4 years in the past. Since then he is skilled extra controversy outdoors the Octagon than he is had wins inside it. He additionally took a boxing match towards Floyd Mayweather and misplaced convincingly to Khabib Nurmagomedov.

McGregor’s solely win since his 2016 demolition of Alvarez is a 40-second stoppage of Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, who actually had no enterprise being there.

The opposite factor that comes by means of is simply how comfy McGregor is beneath the highlight. In opposition to Aldo, Alvarez andPoirier, McGregor elevated the hype and the stress with some critical trash speak. However as soon as the cage door closed, he was in a position to block all of it out and placed on chic performances.

The identical cannot be stated for these three opponents. Aldo was mentally damaged properly earlier than struggle night time, Alvarez seemingly forgot what obtained him to the title within the first place, and Poirier regarded like a deer in headlights.

Will McGregor be capable of add one other one to the checklist this weekend?

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