“If Anything, PowerSlap Is Showing…” – Amidst Backlash From All Sides, Conor McGregor Makes Bizarre Statement on Dana White’s Power Slap League

Published 01/20/2023, 9:29 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV: UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor speaks to the media at the post fight press conference after his 13 second knockout victory over Jose Aldo in their featherweight championship fight during the UFC 194 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

UFC star Conor McGregor is on the shelf after his UFC 264 bout against Dustin ‘Diamond’ Poirier in July 2021. Since then, the former UFC champion has fulfilled his outside-the-Octagon duties and found a new niche on Twitter. The outspoken 34-year-old, following his recent trend of being vocal on developments in the MMA world, broke down the importance of the ‘turning back of the shoulder’ for an effective KO. Notably, the Irishman, who scored 19 of the 22 victories in his career via knockouts, explained the ingredients of pulling a powerful KO in the newly launched Power Slap.

The latest venture from UFC kingpin Dana White, Power Slap, has remained in the spotlight since its announcement last year. However, its broadcast debut divided the fans and the safety concerns about the competition remained unaddressed. Despite all the buzz around the new competition to establish it as a mainstream sport, the attention remained fixated on the flying cheekbones in slow motion and collapsing athletes. While the focus remains on the power generated by a competitor, the details of the technique used evade the eyes.

Conor McGregor and the essentials of a KO in Power Slap

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The SBG Ireland team representative took to Twitter and pointed to the significant use of shoulders in combat sports the launch of Power Slap brought. Further, the ‘Mystic Mac’ demonstrated the importance of turning back the shoulder and torquing the torso into the shot against the opponent.

CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 21: Conor McGregor is seen during the 75th annual Cannes film festival on May 21, 2022 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/GC Images)

Therefore, the Dublin-born commented, “If anything, power slap is showing the importance of turning back your shoulder and torquing your torso into the shot.

Later on, the 22-6 record holder specified the incorrect terminology used by the onlookers. While ‘Notorious’ discarded the use of the term ‘turning of the hips’, he also delineated the part played by the hips in the shot.

Hence, he concluded, “Turning of the hip” potentially the wrong terminology being used. Hips less important? Possible also. Turn your shoulder back and torque fully into strike! K.O.”

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Significantly, the Power Slap aired its first episode on Wednesday, Jan 18. The viewership of the show, however, doesn’t paint a rosy picture for the UFC President. According to ShowBuzzDaily, the show was ranked number 45 out of the top 50 cable broadcasts.

Conor McGregor, who is currently on a long layoff, targets his much-awaited return somewhere in the first half of this year.

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Rohit Lohan

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Rohit Lohan is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his undergraduate as a History major, he is currently pursuing LLB. Rohit is a big MMA fan and has been following UFC since 2017.

Edited By: Vineet Nandwana

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