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13th Dec 2015

Is this the secret behind Conor McGregor’s 13-second KO of Jose Aldo?

Hard work pays off


“Precision beats power and timing beats speed.”

Those were Conor McGregor’s words after his brutal defeat of Jose Aldo to claim the UFC featherweight title.

The Dubliner revolutionised his training programme for Saturday’s main event, working closer than ever with movement guru Ido Portal.

It would discredit the sheer, hard work The Notorious put in at Straight Blast Gym – with the likes of John Kavanagh, Owen Roddy and Tom Egan – in the weeks and months leading up to the fight, but Portal has had a sizeable impact on his game, and mentality.

You will have surely seen this video by now, but it shows the extent to which McGregor focused on his movement to gain an advantage.

And it certainly paid off.

Only a few seconds into the fight, McGregor swiftly evaded Aldo’s reach to hammer the Brazilian on the jaw and take him down.

He knew exactly what he wanted to do and perfected the execution.

Listening to him after the fight, it revealed just how incredibly detailed his preparation has been…