It’s too soon to start speculating as to what Conor will do when his fighting career is over, but JCVD has a few ideas for Ireland’s favorite son. Since Bloodsport is to MMA fighters as Scarface is to troubled teens, Van Damme has the authority to give advice to fighters. The following quotes are from Van Damme’s interview on Bruce Buffer’s podcast.
“He likes to elevate himself in fighting, philosophy, he’s reading books, he’s trying to learn his way. He’s not stupid. He has to do what he has to do. He’s a good guy. He loves people. Him being a movie star is really a true warrior. He’ll make a film or two or three, for sure, because he wants to touch everything. In his heart he’s a true warrior.”
Van Damme wouldn’t come right out and make a pick for McGregor vs Aldo but he still broke it down…
“It’s going to be hard to beat [McGregor] because he’s fighting with this, plus the techniques and his height. Plus he’s got the Irish people behind him and he created a connection between him and the audience of his early fights and he wants to be loved.”
Finally, JCVD shares the one thing Conor has that nobody else in the entire division can do…
“To be honest with you, I love McGregor and I love Aldo. Those two guys, you’ve got a Lamborghini and a Ferrari. You’ve got the guy from the street. He’s strong, all over the place. Not in a bad way. Like a monkey. Bam bam, he’s all over the place. He’s fast. He goes forward. He’s imprevisible… McGregor has one thing nobody has in his division. He can go backwards as the same time he’s hitting. When a guy runs at him and he can go backwards and he’s hitting the guy. It’s very dangerous. He’s got the length to go forward and the technique to go backwards.”
No matter what the outcome is, there are going to be a lot of “I told you so’s” afterwards. McGregor continues to live in his Vegas Mansion where he wakes up at 3pm everyday to do Yoga, while Aldo misses out on golden opportunities for mental warfare.
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