‘That’s the Beautiful Thing About Jiu-Jitsu’- Conor McGregor Hails Jiu-Jitsu as the Best Discipline in MMA

Published 10/06/2021, 2:14 AM EDT


Conor McGregor appeared on Cafecito Talk to promote the launch of his new wellness company, TIDL Sport. The Irishman is down in Miami and spoke to the Mayor, Francis X. Suarez, for a brief chat about several different topics. The initial part of the sit-down consisted of McGregor talking about things in a broader sense, unrelated to TIDL Sport.

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McGregor and Mayor Suarez discussed the importance of Jiu-Jitsu after Suarez revealed he started training with his son. ‘The Notorious’ broke down the importance of the division and also gave a shout-out to the Gracie family. The Gracie family were pioneers for making Jiu-Jitsu into the competitive art form it is in today’s MMA landscape.

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 26: Conor McGregor warms up in his locker room prior to his super welterweight boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

“That’s the beautiful thing about Jiu-Jitsu, it makes you think you can. Without the Gracie family, without Helio, without Rickson and all the Gracie’s, the game would not be where it is, so we’re all forever indebted to the Gracie family.”

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“I’ve done all the disciplines, every martial arts discipline I’ve competed in. Jiu-Jitsu and grappling arts, some of the best. You’re not going to go wrong with the grappling. From a physical standpoint to a mental standpoint, from a decision-making standpoint under stress.”

“Cause that’s what it is. It’s human chess. You’re making quick-thinking decisions that can go either way for your limbs. It’s a great sport to center a young man or a woman and help them in whatever they decide to do in their life.”

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While McGregor rightly emphasized the importance of Jiu-Jitsu, his bread and butter remains the art of stand-up. McGregor is globally recognized for being a precision puncher who also packs devastating amounts of knockout power.

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 12: Eddie Alvarez of the United States (right) fights against Conor McGregor of Ireland in their lightweight championship bout during the UFC 205 event at Madison Square Garden on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

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His fights against Jose Aldo, Chad Mendes, and Eddie Alvarez are prime examples of how McGregor systematically dispatched his opponents. Even championship-caliber fighters seemed to crumble with ease and striking remains McGregor’s ace weapon.

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Now that he’s suffered some setbacks on the feet, it remains to be seen if McGregor decides to change his strategy. Following a potential career-ending leg injury, McGregor may look to rely more on his grappling going forward. However, it’s unlikely that he’ll be able to make advances in grappling like he has in the realm of striking.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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