The UFC is stuffed with the hardest fighters on the planet. Only a idiot would query their coronary heart, want and dedication to achieve the highest of the mountain. However, the UFC’s prime stars are solely human. Just like anybody else, they are often intimidated.
Over the years, we’ve seen quite a few examples of UFC fighters who had been powerful as nails, however had been nonetheless visibly intimidated earlier than dealing with an opponent.
Sometimes this is because of that fighter stepping into their opponent’s head. Other times it’s been just because the UFC arrange a combat that in all honesty, in all probability shouldn’t have occurred.
But at any time when it’s noticeable, it’s each stunning and interesting to see.
Here are 5 times that a UFC fighter was visibly intimidated by their opponent.
#5. Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor – UFC 194
Heading into UFC 194, Jose Aldo in all probability ought to’ve been filled with confidence. Not solely was the Brazilian thought of to be by far the best featherweight in MMA historical past at that stage, however he’d additionally received 18 fights in a row. Seven of these victories got here within the UFC.
But he was confronted with the trash-talking, ultra-confident Conor McGregor, who had reeled off six straight wins of his personal. In the principle occasion of one of many greatest UFC reveals of all time, Aldo appeared to easily wilt.
It was instantly seen that the featherweight kingpin regarded intimidated. He appeared much less animated throughout his stroll to the octagon. And whereas he’d by no means met the eyes of an opponent in a staredown, towards McGregor, he regarded extra nervous than ever earlier than.
This was even seen by UFC announcer Joe Rogan. Off air, he remarked to a producer that not solely did the Brazilian look “soft” and “deflated,” however that he additionally regarded “nervous as f*ck.”
Whether the magnitude of the scenario had gotten to him, or whether or not McGregor’s verbal barbs and harmful repute had planted a seed of doubt in his head, stays a thriller.
But when it got here to combat time, Aldo didn’t look proper in any respect. He walked proper into a brutal left hand counter from the ‘Notorious’ megastar that knocked him mindless in simply 13 seconds.
Just like that, Aldo’s UFC featherweight title reign was over. It appeared to have ended by the hands of the one opponent who was capable of intimidate him.
#Note-Author Name – Scott Newman