Conor McGregor reveals a sneak peek into his training camp with a recent video. Of course, he looks bigger than ever and more muscular than ever, but that does not mean Conor is at his best. When we think of the best Conor McGregor we have seen till this date, we have to go back to the fight between Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez.
It can be argued that his knockout against Jose Aldo is the best performance of Conor’s career. However, there are not many things that we can take away from that fight. However, the fight with Alvarez shows how great Conor really is.
The notion that all Conor McGregor has is a deadly left hand is nowhere near the truth. What makes his left hand lethal is his unique ability to create an angle to land his punches, his distance management, his ability to get in, land the shot and get out before his opponent makes his next move. All of them combined makes Conor McGregor a threat to anyone who decides to strike him.
However, we saw a different Conor McGregor against Nate Diaz. MMA analyst, Luke Thomas brought this up in his recent video how Conor seemed more flat-footed compared to the fight against Eddie Alvarez. Even if we consider that he won the fourth round against Diaz his strikes were starting to seem more labored in the later rounds.
Conor McGregor: UFC 205 vs UFC 246
Will that be the case when he fights Donald Cerrone in UFC 246? That’s still up for discussion and it can only be answered on January 18th. But the difference between Conor before UFC 205 and Conor before UFC 246 is significant.
Can Conor McGregor Beat Donald Cerrone?
In the recent training video, Conor does look bigger, more focused, and his movements look sharp but not as sharp as the ones we can see from his open workout before UFC 205. Now, will that be enough to beat Donald Cerrone? It’s very likely. Conor McGregor is a bad matchup for Donald Cerrone even with the grappling threat that Cerrone presents.
How Would Conor Do Against the Welterweight Elites
If we are to assume that Conor McGregor is here to stay at the welterweight division then how would he do against the likes of Kamaru Usman, Jorge Masvidal or Colby Covington. Again, it will be revealed when he goes toe to toe with Cerrone. But the most important thing that needs to be addressed here is whether Conor’s power will be as effective as it was at 145 and 155. He did score a number of knockdowns against Nate Diaz who has a chin of granite.
However, it’s difficult to imagine Conor knocking out the likes of Usman or Covington with his power only. If he lacks his lightning-fast in and out movement, his distance management, then it’s hard to imagine Conor beating the top 5 welterweights in UFC at the moment.
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