When Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor step into the octagon at UFC 194 they could be set for the most important fight in the history of mixed martial arts.
MMA is now getting more mainstream exposure than ever before and the cocky McGregor is essential to that.
People enjoy seeing a fighter that can run his mouth, but who also has the ability to back it up.
A loss for the Irishman so soon after Ronda Rousey got knocked out would see the UFC’s two biggest stars both lose their appeal in the space of a month, with their two opponents lacking the charisma to take their place.
That would leave only Phil ‘CM Punk’ Brooks as the only remaining mainstream draw Dana White can call on, but the 37-year-old former WWE champion is yet to step in the octagon and may flounder.
Luckily for White, UFC and McGregor, the outspoken interim Featherweight Champion should come good on his 4/5 odds of victory.
Here are the other best bets for the huge contest:
Aldo hasn’t fought since October 2014 when, as McGregor put it, ‘Chad Mendes rearranged his face’ and only narrowly won that match on points.
Conversely, when the Dubliner went up against Mendes he won by TKO in the second and has won in that round in both of his last fights.
Scarface has only lost once in his career, but his run of six of his last seven fights heading into the fourth or fifth round suggest the 29-year-old is slowing and his previous two matches, both in 2014, had to be settled by decision.
McGregor has only needed to take it the fight to decision once in his career, winning 89% of his matches by KO or TKO, and his four consecutive TKO wins suggest Aldo has to lot to be worried about.