Teddy Atlas’s Inspiring Speech Worked on Conor McGregor’s Reporter as He Made His MMA Debut

Published 11/21/2022, 11:55 AM EST

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Conor McGregor secured the lightweight championship and the featherweight championship when he was at his peak. The 34-year-old attained iconic status after overpowering champions like Eddie Alvarez and Jose Aldo. These fights have inspired many young MMA fighters. Including a reporter from his own media house, who tried his luck at MMA. Journalists usually stay away from all the carnage and stick to asking questions, but Oscar Willis is a cut above the rest. He left his desk and pen to pick up the gloves and enter the cage of carnage.

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Willis is certainly not a journalist you’d want to knock around for asking the tough questions. Because he can back them with his tough fists.

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Conor McGregor would be proud of his reporter

Oscar Willis garnered the respect of fellow MMA journalists and the entire UFC world by doing the impossible. American Boxing coach Teddy Atlas gave Willis some words of advice ahead of his big match. “Everything you’ll face on Saturday, you’ve faced already.” “The only difference is what we make it. We make it different..” “The technique of it. The reality of it is no different. What’s different is the mental plot of what we make it.”

“You go in there and you execute what you’ve trained to execute and you go in there and you get the job done.”

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The inspiring speech worked wonders on Willis, who was able to come out victorious. He defeated Jeremiah Benavidez via unanimous decision at Circa Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Nov. 19, 2022. Willis competed in the Tuff-N-Uff competition to claim his victory.

Oscar Willis displayed some excellent tricks, like his boss

Oscar Willis dedicated himself to hardcore MMA training for 20 weeks at Xtreme Couture to get in shape for the fight.

 

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This was especially tough as he did it, while he was an accomplished journalist at Conor McGregor’s media company, The Mac life.

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But covering news related to the Irishman’s accomplishments inspired him to achieve something of his own. He even chose the 155-pound weight class taking to his boss, Conor McGregor.

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The professional journalist was tired of watching hardcore MMA action from the sidelines and took it upon himself to change that. The 180-degree turn from being a sports journalist to exchanging punches as a warrior in the cage is a commendable feat.

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Written by:

Vulligundam Ruthwik

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Vulligundam Ruthwik is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Ruthwik has completed his Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Joseph’s in Hyderabad.
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Jayant Chhabra

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