go the distance again

English translation: have to fight all the rounds

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English term or phrase:go the distance again
English translation:have to fight all the rounds
Entered by: Yvonne Gallagher

06:00 Dec 8, 2016
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English term or phrase: go the distance again
Hello everyone,

John Kavanagh, Conor McGregor's coach, writes in his book:

"The standard of judging in MMA is often criticized. Pretty much every UFC event throws up at least one controversial decision from the judges. People have suggested other methods of scoring a fight than having three guys sitting cageside and calling it as they see it, but the reality is that no system will ever be perfect because it’s ultimately a matter of opinion. Judging could be done by simply counting takedowns and strikes, like the system used in amateur boxing in which the judges press a button on a machine whenever a scoring punch is landed, but that wouldn’t work in MMA: the sport is far too intricate and judging must inevitably be subjective. Judg‑ ing MMA fights is like tasting two different varieties of the same soup. Even if they’re similar, you’re going to prefer one over the other and there’s no scientific reasoning for that. I also think it’s impossible to have a judge who doesn’t bring his own emotions into the equation. Maybe he has a connection to one of the fighters – he might be a friend of the fighter’s coach or a teammate – or perhaps he doesn’t like what he’s seen from the fighter in the media (in which case Conor might be in trouble if he ever ***goes the distance again!***). A judge from a grappling background might score a fight differently from one whose background is in kickboxing."

Conor McGregor is famous for taunting his opponents and this is probably what John is referring to.
But what does "if he ever goes the distance again" imply?

To me it sounds like he means if Conor decides to compete professionally again.
But the context doesn't support this because at the end of the book John says "Even for his next welterweight fight, Conor’s diet will be strict. We’ve accepted now that it’s an important element of his prepar‑ ation, so you can expect him to come in on weigh‑in day at around 165lb. No cheesecakes this time! It will be nutrition geared specific‑ ally towards performance."

Can "if he ever goes the distance again!" imply that Conor does not always taunt his opponents?

Thank you.
klp
Local time: 08:38
have to fight all the rounds
Explanation:
It's quite simply that the fight hasn't been finished in a previous round so it means that the winner will be decided on the judges' scores for each round (5 rounds in title matches). So not to do with MgGregor being knocked out but the opposite

What is being said here is that if McGregor doesn't finish off his opponent in an earlier round, and has to fight all 5 it's possible that the scoring won't go his way because it is so subjective. Judges/a judge may not vote for McGregor because they are prejudiced against him from what they've seen in the media

So reallyit's about how his performance out of the ring might influence scoring if the match is decided on scores for all 5 rounds

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"go the distance" just means go the full way...in this case fight all 5 rounds

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ah, I notice Terry has said pretty much the same in Disc box

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http://www.ufc.com/discover/sport/rules-and-regulations

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BTW, I presume the "again" part refers to the fact that it took 5 rounds to beat Diaz on a majority decision...his other fights ended in earlier rounds
see here for match history
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conor_McGregor


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Glad to help
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Yvonne Gallagher
Ireland
Local time: 06:38
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Many thanks to everyone.
Thank you, Gallagy.
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have to fight all the rounds


Explanation:
It's quite simply that the fight hasn't been finished in a previous round so it means that the winner will be decided on the judges' scores for each round (5 rounds in title matches). So not to do with MgGregor being knocked out but the opposite

What is being said here is that if McGregor doesn't finish off his opponent in an earlier round, and has to fight all 5 it's possible that the scoring won't go his way because it is so subjective. Judges/a judge may not vote for McGregor because they are prejudiced against him from what they've seen in the media

So reallyit's about how his performance out of the ring might influence scoring if the match is decided on scores for all 5 rounds

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Note added at 3 hrs (2016-12-08 09:31:31 GMT)
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"go the distance" just means go the full way...in this case fight all 5 rounds

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Note added at 3 hrs (2016-12-08 09:33:00 GMT)
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ah, I notice Terry has said pretty much the same in Disc box

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Note added at 3 hrs (2016-12-08 09:38:29 GMT)
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http://www.ufc.com/discover/sport/rules-and-regulations

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Note added at 3 hrs (2016-12-08 09:55:26 GMT)
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BTW, I presume the "again" part refers to the fact that it took 5 rounds to beat Diaz on a majority decision...his other fights ended in earlier rounds
see here for match history
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conor_McGregor


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Note added at 1 day8 hrs (2016-12-09 14:31:14 GMT) Post-grading
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Glad to help

Yvonne Gallagher
Ireland
Local time: 06:38
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Many thanks to everyone.
Thank you, Gallagy.

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Terry Richards: For some reason, this answer wasn't visible when I put up my discussion entry even though it is time stamped before it. At least we agree :)
2 mins
  -> Thanks Terry! We must have been writing at same time as I only saw your entry after I'd posted my answer//:-)

agree  Charles Davis: This is the point: without the bout going to a decision.
4 mins
  -> Thanks Charles!

agree  B D Finch
38 mins
  -> Thank you!

agree  Cilian O'Tuama
3 hrs
  -> Go raibh maith agat!
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