The image of a kingdom crumbling to flames comes to mind, when I think of Jose Aldo’s 13 second loss to Conor McGregor. He held the featherweight belt for six plus years. He was THE face of UFC’s featherweight class. Unbeatable. A brand.
And then, poof. Gone. Explosion. Connor McGregor not only beat the champ, but embarrassed him in what was one of the more lopsided contests in UFC history.
I timed that. It took me more than 13 seconds to tie my shoes. A king lost his crown in less time than it takes to tie your shoes!
How this happened blows me away. We can praise the palpable ferocity of McGregor. Breakdown fighting styles, and find holes in Aldo’s stance and approach. Tack up his kingdom to a dominance over a weak-skilled class sitting below him.
But McGregor was part of that class. And Aldo has been a poster boy for approach and tactic. He’s been seen as the most ferocious of any opponent.
So explanations won’t work. It’s a moment in sports history, like Tyson losing to Buster Douglas. You just can’t explain it. Sometimes sports have a magic brew made for dramatic story lines.
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