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An old tweet recently surfaced where featherweight champion, Conor McGregor predicted a first round finish against Eddie Alvarez...three years before the fight was even made.

When this tweet was made, McGregor hadn't even debuted in the UFC, and neither had Alvarez, who happens to be the lightweight champ now. I imagine Alvarez had no idea that three years later, he'd be facing McGregor for a potential, history-making bout on the first ever UFC card at Madison Square Garden.

McGregor, who is also affectionately called "Mystic Mac," seems to have a knack for predicting things correctly.

We obviously don't know if this prediction is accurate yet, as they don't fight until next month, but it's fun to wonder?

I've compiled a few of my favorite clairvoyant moments.

2008 - Predicts his UFC Contract

Conor McGregor was just debuting in 2008, but he had already predicted he'd be in the UFC someday. During a pre-fight interview, McGregor had this to say,

"I'm an up-and-coming fighter, and without a doubt, you will see me in the UFC in the near future. My dream is to be world champion in the UFC, have more money than I know what to do with."

He was right, and would make his UFC debut April 6, 2013, and ended up snagging his first world title on July 11, 2015. Shortly after, he was named one of Forbes' top paid athletes for 2015.

Predicted that Bruce Buffer would announce him someday

Bruce Buffer went on record saying that he met McGregor well before his rise to fame, and that the then "nobody" had told him "Remember me, you'll be announcing me someday."

Did you get chills? I sure did!

April 2013 - Conor Predicts the UFC will Return to Ireland

During the UFC on Fuel TV 9: Mousasi vs. Latifi press conference, a reporter tells UFC president, Dana White that McGregor says he will single-handedly bring the UFC back to Ireland.

On July 19, 2014, McGregor would headline a fight card in Dublin, Ireland and win.


July 2013 - Las Vegas Takeover

In July, 2013, McGregor took his first trip to Las Vegas and said someday he'd "own this town." Of course, legally he does not, but he does call it home, and has his own Las Vegas compound rental property, the "Mac Mansion," and is probably one of the most recognized fighters to reside there.

Irish fans flock to the city whenever McGregor fights, turning it into McGregor-land for the week.

July 2014 - Fight Prediction

At the UFC Fight Night Dublin press conference, McGregor predicted that he would "put Diego away" in the first round.

McGregor held up his end and finished Diego Brandao at 4:09 into the first round.

"I said I was going to put him away in the first round. I put him away in the first round," he said in the Octagon just seconds after the TKO.

Sept 2014 - Shockingly Detailed Prediction

Ahead of his UFC 178 bout with Dustin Poirier, McGregor not only predicted his win, but the way he'd accomplish it. He spot on.

"His chin is deteriorating. Every single contest he gets in, he hits one knee," McGregor said at the UFC 178 question and answer panel. "Put him up against me, and that's not gonna be good. I'm gonna crack him with a jab and he's gonna wobble and I'm gonna put him away early. It's gonna be a first round KO, mark my words."

And just 1:46 into the first round, he cracked him with a jab and Poirier staggered and dropped to his knees for that first round TKO Mystic Mac promised.

November 2014 - Pay Per View numbers

At the "Time is Now" presser, McGregor predicted that by the end of 2015 he would have the highest PPV numbers and the highest gate.

He achieved that feat, topping the domestic gate record at UFC 194 and the pay-per-view record at UFC 202, and continues to smash numbers.

December 2014 - Jose Aldo pulling out of the fight

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In December, McGregor predicted he would have a fight with Jose Aldo (the then featherweight champion), but he also predicted it wouldn't happen, because Aldo would be forced to withdraw.

The fight was booked as predicted, and shortly before the fight (scheduled for July 2015), Aldo pulled out with a rib injury. Chad Mendes would step in to replace Aldo, and McGregor would go on to win the interim featherweight title.

UFC 189 - Chad Mendes

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Ahead of UFC 189, McGregor predicted that he'd beat Mendes after he became drained and spent.

"His belly is going to breathing in, and his body is going to be screaming for oxygen, and I'm going to be still there in his face."

It was obvious to all that watched UFC 189, that McGregor was able to capitalize on Mendes, who was visibly gassed. He defeated him with just four seconds left in round two.

Not only was he confident that he'd finish Mendes, but he apparently told White he'd bet him three million dollars that he'd knock him out in the second round. He did.

UFC 194 - Conor Predicts the shot

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When Aldo finally faced McGregor, he was very specific about what would be Jose's downfall.

"I said his right hand would get him into trouble," McGregor said to the press following the fight. "It's the shot I predicted. I said he'd overload on his right hand. I said I'd slip and bang the left hook, and that's what happened."

It took just 14 seconds, to be exact. It would be the fastest KO in the history of UFC title fights.

Regardless of the amount of times McGregor has eerily predicted his future, we cannot be sure that what he says about Alvarez is true. We will have to wait and see what happens at UFC 205 this November. Perhaps I will have another item to add to this list.


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