We have been spoiled rotten as modern MMA fans over the last 12 months, gorging on a buffet of back-to-back fight cards, loaded with the best martial artists from the world over. However, there has been a little something missing from the pallet: a sprinkling of Irish seasoning.
On 19 January, we see the “Notorious” Conor McGregor return to the Octagon after a lengthy ban, where he'll face Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone.
So before we strut our way to fight night, let’s discuss a few things we might expect.
9. The Return Of The Notorious
As we sit a couple days out from the UFC 246 press conference, so far we've seen a lot less of the mental warfare we've become accustomed to from the Notorious one. We suspect that Connor may be taking a more reserved approach to the confrontation, with mountains of pressure on his shoulders as stated by UFC boss Dana White and many other onlookers who believe that this is a must-win situation for the Irishman.
Is it possible that the lavish lifestyle which follows 100 million in the bank and a rear naked choke, which makes my my jaw ache just thinking about it, has "humbled" Conor? Doubt it.
The outspoken battle hungry attitude Conor has shown throughout a 25 fight career has defined him. He's full of witty on-mic barrages that shame some of pro-wrestling's best scripted promos, taking him from the prelims all the way to “Champ Champ” status. Twinned with his world class fighting ability, Conor's silver tongue has created a new breed of superstar which his contemporaries have been imitating to lesser effect for a while now.