Coach: I could see Conor McGregor stopping Jose Aldo in 60 seconds
Conor McGregor isn't the only confident one in his camp. The UFC 194 headliner's head coach, John Kavanagh, seems to share the fighter's complete confidence ahead of their title challenge against champion Jose Aldo next week at UFC 194.
"It's going to be really difficult for anybody at this stage to last longer than seven or eight minutes with Conor in that type of environment. If it's not an extremely quick finish, I definitely can't see it going beyond the second round," the Straight Blast Gym Ireland head coach wrote for his exclusive column with The 42.
"I've said from the start that I can see this being a two-round fight, yet another part of me can see it being over in 60 seconds. But we give respect where it's due because Jose Aldo has been the champion for a long time."
According to the former fighter, McGregor is remade and improved since last fighting this past July. "I really believe you're going to see a completely new Conor," Kavanaugh continued.
"Not just as a coach, but also as a fan — I'm extremely excited to see it all unfold."
If Aldo, the UFC's longest-reigning world champion, also comes into the fight much improved or with some tweaks in his style, Kavanagh still won't be worried.
The reason being that he says McGregor has almost supernatural perceptive and adaptive abilities. "He'll probably try to slow the pace down and initiate some grappling exchanges. However, with Conor's fight IQ and the manner in which he can read situations, even if Aldo comes out with a completely new style and approach, it won't take Conor long to work it out," he promised.
"It's almost like 'The Matrix', in that he sees a new problem which is being presented, downloads the correct response from his brain and then executes the plan."