Ahead of the much anticipated fight between returing Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone at the welterweiht, current 170 king, Kamaru Usman has shared his opinion on the match-up.
Kamaru Usman has rightly pointed out an incredible stat that is very true about McGregor. He mentioned how the Conor will be the favourite for the first two rounds of the fight. Cerrone will have to withstand the early storm to remain strong in the fight.
Conor vs Cerrone
“If McGregor can jump on Cerrone early those first two rounds, I think he might have a chance to get that fight over with. But the longer the fight goes the more it favors Cerrone. He just has more ways to win. His leg kicks just start to add up. And it’s only a matter of time before he actually finds that head kick. I am gonna say under two McGregor, over two Cerrone”
McGregor will look to land that counterpunch, and set a remarkable UFC return. However, if Cerrone can dictate the pace of the game, which he is cappable of, courtesy his MMA expereience. Increasing Cerrone’s chances at winning the fight.
It has been seen that Conor McGregor tends to get low on fatigue going into t he third round of the fight. It must have a lot do with McGregor finishing 19 of his 21 wins inside the decond round. However, Cerrone has fought five rounds with Leon Edwards, and three rounds against Robbie Lawler, at the welterweight division.
Usman is right about Cerrone having more ways to win the match. Donald is a lethal submission specialist, and has an outstanding ground game. Something Conor has struggled in the past. Cerrone is also known for his kicks, and as pointed out by Usman, he can use the lethal head kicks in later rounds.
What’s next for Kamaru Usman?
Kamaru Usman beat Colby Covington at UFC 246 to successfully defend his UFC welterweight championship. UFC is yet to announce the next title contendor, but it looks like Jorge Masvidal might be next. He has three straight victories in the welterweight division, against top ranked fighters. Additionally, it will be Masvidal’s first title opportunity after years in the company.
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