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Morning Report: Coach says Conor McGregor will be in 'The Matrix' against Jose Aldo with moves that 'haven't been done'

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Guilherme Cruz, MMA Fighting

Thanks to SBG head coach John Kavanagh, the world is granted a rare glimpse into the lifestyle of interim UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor.

Between revolutionizing MMA training and fielding countless requests from media and sick kids, McGregor apparently still found time to practice "styles and techniques" never before seen in the Octagon.

Ahead of McGregor's Dec. 12 clash with featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 194, Kavanagh explained how quickly the Irishman will solve the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in MMA.

"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," Kavanagh wrote for Ireland's The 42. "But we give respect where it's due because Jose Aldo has been the champion for a long time.

"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. 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."

Aldo hasn't been beaten since 2005 and has dispatched contenders like Frankie Edgar, Chad Mendes, Ricardo Lamas and Urijah Faber, but that resume won't mean much according to Kavanagh.

"I think 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," said Kavanagh. "If it's not an extremely quick finish, I definitely can't see it going beyond the second round."

Kavanagh is also unimpressed with Aldo's behavior when it comes to random drug testing. Following a controversial sample collection in June leading up to UFC 189, Aldo has enthusiastically publicized subsequent tests.

"Unlike some other fighters, we just don't feel the need to make a social media announcement about it," said Kavanagh. "A record of who has been tested — and when — is available to view on USADA's website, so the information is there for all to see.

"I'll tell you what the Irish Sports Council aren't doing; they're not asking for selfies at the end of a urine test or destroying samples, and we're not getting the police involved or asking for visas and permits. We carry out the tests, as required, and then we carry on with our training. Simple."

McGregor and Aldo fight for the undisputed featherweight title Dec. 12 at UFC 194 in Las Vegas, Nevada.



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