Conor McGregor’s top three UFC performances ranked by analyst Dan Hardy – The Sun

CONOR McGREGOR became the UFC’s biggest star with his outrageously eccentric character but more importantly the knockouts to back it up.

The Irishman’s left hand has become as famous as his pre-fight one liners that have seen him become a global phenomenon.

McGregor’s historic pay-per-view numbers have been justified by his performances, which led to him becoming the first fighter in UFC history to hold two belts at the same time.

With UFC fans stuck indoors amid the coronavirus pandemic, BT Sport have been paying tribute to McGregor with all The Notorious’ highs and lows in the octagon available for viewing.

And former title challenger turned cage analyst Dan Hardy told SunSport his three favourite McGregor performances and in his own words explained why.

3. Max Holloway: August 2013 – points win

This is the only decision fight on his record bar the Nate Diaz rematch.

That was a great performance because he overcame some obstacles in that fight. He hurt his knee, had to work his pound and ground and his striking was excellent.

That was also a young Max Holloway who then went on a crazy winning streak and proved how good he was.

I would say that decision win against Max Holloway was a real stand out performance.

2. Jose Aldo: December 2018 – 13 second KO

He read this opportunity, he set the combination in his mind and saw the vulnerability in Aldo.

He laid the foundation in the build up,teasing him, poking him and making sure Aldo was an emotional wreck coming into the fight.

I don’t think Conor could have predicted it as well as it went. The way Jose came forward and them crashing down with that left hand, it couldn’t have been scripted any better for McGregor.

1. Eddie Alvarez: November 2016 – 2nd round KO

My favourite performance so far has to be in the Eddie Alvarez fight.

I got into it on Inside The Octagon, and how Conor created like an invisible barrier for his punches and Alvarez thought he was safe but it was almost an illusion but Eddie was standing in the pocket only for McGregor to step through.

It was high-level range management over someone like Eddie Alvarez, a champion in many different organisations, a veteran of the game and a great striker.

For me it was a really beautiful performance.

  • BT Sport will celebrate the anniversary of Conor McGregor’s UFC debut on Monday 6th April. Watch McGregor’s greatest fights back to back on BT Sport 3 from 9pm on McGregor Monday. 

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