When asked about their ability to last in a fight against Conor McGregor, 65% of sports fans believe they can survive more than one minute with the UFC star, a new survey for Action Network has revealed.
33% of sports fans believe they can survive longer than one round of five minutes in the octagon with the Irish star, according to the results of the poll.
This means almost a third of people back themselves to outperform Jose Aldo, Dustin Poirier, Donald Cerrone, Diego Brandao and Marcus Brimage, who all suffered first-round UFC defeats against McGregor.
12% of the total respondents say their time in the Octagon would come to an end in the second round and 8% believe the third round is the end of the road.
The remaining 12% believe they could survive a fight until the championship rounds, rounds 4-6, with 5% of fans saying they can last up to the full 30 minutes.
Q. How long do you think you would last in a UFC fight against Conor McGregor?
|Up to one minute||35%|
Of the same group of fans, 68% believe that Conor McGregor will be a UFC champion once again as talk of his comeback fight continues to build.
Q. To what extent, if at all, do you agree or disagree with the following statement: ‘I believe that Conor McGregor will be a UFC champion again’?
McGregor is due to fight Michael Chandler in December, where the Irishman is the 8/11 slight favourite to mark a comeback with victory while Chandler is 10/11 to spoil the party.
An Action Network spokesperson said: “There’s no doubt that Conor McGregor is one of the biggest stars in UFC history, but it turns out that many sports fans back themselves to hold their own against the two-weight world champion in the Octagon with two-thirds believing that they can last longer than one minute against him.
“Think you can survive more than one round of five minutes against the Irish superstar? Then you’d be in company with a third of sports fans who also think they can safely negotiate a round against a top fighter. Talk about confidence!”
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