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You’ve really got to hand it to the Irish; they can handle themselves in a fight. Conor McGregor has become one of the world’s most notable UFC fighters in recent months. His combination of technique and toughness has made him one of the strongest contenders of this era. As impressive as this is for McGregor, it almost got late night host Conan O’Brien killed. Check out the video below to see more.
As you can see from the video above, Conor McGregor recently appeared on Conan to promote his upcoming melee with fellow fighter Nate Diaz. During the course of the interview he explains his style of Capoeira kicking -- which essentially involves swinging one’s leg through the air like a club – and striking an opponent in the face. Ever the good sport, Conan O’Brien decides to let McGregor try out one of the kicks against him in a demonstration for the audience. McGregor agrees, and when he kicks he brings his foot dangerously close to the host’s cranium – a moment which definitely shakes the career funnyman to his core.
Aside from the UFC ring, Conor McGregor’s Capoeira fighting style has become an increasingly common sight in the world of pop culture. From Daredevil, to The CW's Arrow, to the Mission Impossible films, Hollywood has caught on to the idea that these highly acrobatic fighting styles not only kick some serious ass, but they look effortlessly cool in the process. If this whole real life fighting thing doesn’t work out for McGregor at some point in the future, perhaps we could see him taking on Black Widow or Oliver Queen in Hollywood; it worked for Ronda Rousey
Don’t believe me? Just take a look at this fight scene from the pilot episode of Arrow and see if it looks familiar to the kick seen above:
Those fights aren’t all Hollywood magic. Capoeira is real, and men like Conor McGregor have actually mastered the art of using their entire physical being in order to deliver punishing blows to their opponents in the ring. This is why I write internet articles; it’s considerably safer than stepping into the octagon.
Be sure to check out the video at the top of the article and thank your lucky stars that you are not Conan O’Brien. Conor McGregor is an unequivocal beast, and I wouldn’t wish his hardest kick on my own worst enemy.