Blank Faces

McGregor has always appeared to be remarkably self-confident and fearless, regardless of who he is fighting. Part of that may be to do with the unique mindset he employs when he is in a fight.

Over the years McGregor has repeatedly described how he never becomes overly emotional in the Octagon. He never becomes awed by the reputation of the opponent’s he’s facing. He views them in a much more cold, clinical manner.

“The facial structure of the face becomes blurry almost, and eventually it just becomes blank,” McGregor once explained of the zen-like state he goes into during a fight.

“There is no eyes, there is no definition. It’s just a blank face, and a new body type. That’s the way it always seems to go. The emotions are gone. I don’t know what it is. I don’t see them as a person, I see them as a frame, I just see the anatomy.”