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Conor McGregor explains exactly how he finished Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds

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LAS VEGAS – It wasn't just that Conor McGregor knocked out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds at UFC 194 on Saturday night with a left hook, in one of the most watched events in company history.

It was that he knew he would, and he called it.

In the post-fight press conference at the MGM Grand, McGregor took the podium to answer questions from the media about his performance. The first question wasn't so much a question as a query: How did he predict the outcome so accurately?

Analyst Robin Black read McGregor back a comment he'd made on Thursday at the open workouts, and asked him how.

"I felt when we stared down, I felt his right hand was clinching, which was a subtle tell for me," Black read back McGregor's words. "He is ready to unload that right hand and I feel that could be a downfall for him. If he lets that right hand go, I will not be there. I simply enter the way I enter, and that is enough. They either over-extend, or they shrink away. Either way it is not good for them. I will create traps and dead space inside that Octagon, and I will either rock him into that dead space, but all of a sudden he will be in danger."

Asked how he did that, the 27-year Irishman talked about visualization, projection, and finally, actualization.

"If you can see it here, and you have the courage enough to speak it, it will happen," McGregor said. "So, I see his shots. I see his sequences. And I don't shy away from them. A lot of times people believe in seeing things but they keep it to themselves. They don't put it out there. You truly believe it if you become vocal with it. It actually will become reality.

"I knew he would overextend. And I knew I would catch him, so, 'Mystic Mac' strikes again."

McGregor had predicted in other interviews that he would end the fight within four minutes of the first round. He said afterwards there was a part of him that wished the "contest had stretched out a little bit longer," but felt that the result would have inevitably been the same.