Heavy is the Head That Wear’s The Crown. In combat sports whether that be in Boxing or Mixed Martial Arts, we have seen champion’s of both sports take on a mind of their own— once the success they have seen in their own mind literally comes to life. I have seen this very dynamic take place most recently with current UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor.

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The Notorious one most recently interviewed with ESPN reporter Kenny Mayne. The subject matter of the interview consisted of the verbal spat with the UFC, Floyd Mayweather, and Conor’s hunger to fight. While watching the interview I thought to myself, how did we get here? Now I know the steps– I was there, I watched it, from his climb up the featherweight ladder to fighting on Facebook vs Marcus Brimage, to his 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo, to his pursuit of being the first UFC Fighter to hold two championship belts in two weight classes. To then his pursuit of saving UFC 196 taking on a man at a fight weight 25 pounds heavier than the weight class he is a champion of (moving from 145 lbs to 170lbs). Losing that fight, then most recently, the before-mentioned verbal spat with the UFC. Is anybody noticing a trend?

The relentless mind of McGregor. As the title reads “heavy is the head that wears the crown”. If this is the case McGregor’s head must weigh as much as a million pounds. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying McGregor is cocky or an idiot by any stretch. The man has done a fantastic job providing fans what they have wanted…an entertainer. Nobody had been as entertaining outside the octagon since the days of Chael P. Sonnen. While Sonnen was a great fighter that always showed up and fought the best of the best for many years, his gift of gab didn’t deliver on occasion. McGregor predicted everything he said he would and then some… until his last loss to Diaz. But let’s put thing’s in perspective, there is a difference between saving a PPV by taking a fight and calling that honorable or calling it stupid. You can decipher that however you want but taking on Nate Diaz was not the smartest idea. Let’s just look at the match up for what it was on paper— Reach, advantage-Diaz, Ground Game, advantage— Diaz, Size, advantage–Diaz.

While McGregor had his advantages in power and speed, unfortunately for the Irishman Diaz’ advantages matter far more in a fight between the two. I fully understand business is business, Conor fighting means the company makes more money, but the sake of the UFC’s darling was on the line. What is the plan from here on out? Does anybody really believe that this guy can consistently fight at 170 lbs or prove to be any better than what he was in the first fight with Nate Diaz? The first round was all Conor but who really cares, that’s like saying the Bills were winning before they let the Music City Miracle happen. The only thing that matters is who won at the end–the saying goes it’s not how you start it’s how you finish and that saying rings true here.

What is the direction for Conor McGregor? Does anybody know the answer? I wonder if the UFC even does. Will he ever defend that 145 lb belt? I get asked this question often. The answer I feel as of now is… no. One thing I know very well— cutting weight from my time as a wrestler, not only cutting weight that’s a very general term but managing weight the right way. In the case of Conor McGregor if he does return to defend the belt versus the winner of Aldo vs Edgar it will take him at least half a year to go from 170 to 145 and when he does his body will be slower with less of the signature fluidity that Conor has known to fight with. Case in point BJ Penn. A fighter that fought at 155 lbs then 170 then 155 then 170 then 145! In his return to 155 BJ Penn didn’t have the same quickness he once had and I don’t attribute that to age, I attribute that to cutting and adding weight. The Diaz fight in itself is a great example. McGregor was not necessarily loading up on his punches he was just throwing the same punches he has always thrown but just in a 170 lb frame rather than a 145 lb frame versus a man who has fought at 170 lbs in spades throughout his career.

Once the first round was over McGregor didn’t appear gassed he appeared confident that the fight would end soon in his favor. Little did he know that it would but the other way around. I attribute this loss on the sure fact that McGregor was not used to fighting and carrying the weight of a 170 lb fighter. Now the UFC want’s to make this fight AGAIN that is CRAZY. This is a pure example of the UFC thinking dollars rather than using common sense. What does each man gain fighting each other again besides money? NOTHING. If he can’t make the weight at 145 lbs anymore then the belt should be vacated with Jose Aldo vs Frankie Edgar fighting for the VACATED belt at UFC 200. Nothing wrong with his tenure at 145 lbs with or without a title defense, but there is no sense in cutting weight and ruining his body. The lightweight division (155 lbs) is the most natural fit for Conor. While the division is a natural fit it is easily one of the most talent-laden divisions in the sport. We know that McGregor vs Diaz 2 is coming but what happens next?. It’s anybody’s guess but if the UFC want’s to give Conor longevity in his career one thing I know for sure they are not doing a good job of it.

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