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RE: Conor McGregor – In MMA, bad wrestling is enough…

October 22, 2019


We know that Conor is going to go out there
and out-strike Khabib. At least we’re willing to concede that to
the point that Khabib’s own coach, Javier Mendez, came out and said, “We can’t out-strike
Conor. He’s just too good and he’s too dynamic and
we don’t have enough time.” I think that the same could be said, it wasn’t
said by Conor’s coach, but I think the same could be said about the wrestling. He’s not going to be a better wrestler than
Khabib. Look, here’s the dirty rotten truth coming
to you from a wrestler, okay? Garbage wrestling but wrestling—you got
to have some wrestling, but it could be bad—is enough to work in MMA, alright? So back up just a little bit. Conor put a training video out of him wrestling. He videoed it and he put it out. He must have thought he looked good. Whoever put it out must have thought Conor
looked good. The wrestlers took a look at that footage
and went, “Man, this guy’s terrible. This guy can’t wrestle a lick.” I’m telling you guys, the dirty secret is
that’s enough. You don’t have to be a great wrestler. That is a huge misconception in this sport. You just got to have a little bit of it. Some of the best fighters we’ve seen were
good wrestlers and I hate to insult them, right? The great T.J. Dillashaw. I don’t want him to see this and go, “Chael,
how you can say I wasn’t a good wrestler?” You’re a multiple-time world champion in MMA,
okay? You were never a world player in wrestling. That’s just the reality. You had good wrestling. You’re a great MMA fighter and nobody out-wrestles
you, right? You look at Demetrious Johnson. We just saw him take on the world’s best,
the Olympic champion in Henry Cejudo. That was very close wrestling. In the first match, Demetrious Johnson out-wrestled
Cejudo. In the second match, Cejudo out-wrestled Demetrious. But it was close. It was good back and forth. Okay wrestling is all that you need in MMA. You can go look at a guy like Daniel Cormier,
one of the most decorated wrestlers that does the sport. He doesn’t use a ton of wrestling. He uses that grind. He uses that wrestler’s mindset. He stays in your face. He makes you work for it. Go see the Stipe fight. He didn’t have to use a lot of wrestling there,
right? Ultimately ended the fight with a big shot. But he has enough. He has enough. I’m just saying a lot gets made out of wrestling. You take the world’s greatest wrestler and
then you put him against an okay guy. Benson Henderson comes to mind. I can’t remember what Benson Henderson placed
in [00:02:08] state. I want to say it was fifth. It’s enough. He never gets out-wrestled in MMA. Never. Won world championships doing this. World championships. Kelvin Gastelum comes to mind, #1 contender. I mean, do you guys see the issue here? Wrestlers will always make a little bit more
about their sport and there is a mindset, and there are some skills—there are some
actual techniques that work in wrestling that carry over to mixed martial arts—but they’re
very few, very few and almost zero setups in wrestling. If I had a partner right now I could show
you, but everything we do is either from what we call the open, which means you’re not touching
the guy, or you’re tied up. You got two-on-ones, you got collar ties,
you got underhooks, you got double underhooks, you got double overhooks, you got wrist control
– none of that stuff works in MMA, none of it. One of the greatest controls you can have
in wrestling is called a Russian tie. It’s a two-on-one, meaning one of my arms,
you’re going to grab it with both of your arms. My arm’s dead. My arm can’t be used. Just picture that, even without a partner. Picture my arm being in my opponent’s arm. See the problem? See why that doesn’t work in MMA? There’s not very many things that translate. So when you watch Conor’s wrestling, yeah,
it’s garbage in comparison to Khabib’s. The dirty little secret: It’s enough. It’s enough. Khabib is going to come at you with two attacks,
a single leg and a body lock, and they’re great and you only need one or two. That’s not to dismiss Khabib. Just don’t get lost in the fact that Conor
does not have to know A to Z about wrestling. He needs to have a good understanding of a
single leg defense, he needs a good understanding of a body lock defense, and then ultimately
he needs that defer button he can push, which is, “I just got taken down. I got to get my ass up off the bottom.” They don’t do that in wrestling. They don’t do that in Dagestani wrestling. The opponent doesn’t try to get up off the
bottom, the top guy doesn’t try to hold you down. That’s grappling. Khabib has adapted to a great grappler. But you can ask Eddie Bravo who I think we
all respect in the world of jiu-jitsu and grappling. He will vouch for Conor McGregor. The only point I’m trying to make to you guys
and I just don’t want you to get lost in this, there are going to be positions that
Conor McGregor is going to have a deficit and you’re going to see the video of Conor
out there wrestling and go, “Man, this guy is garbage at wrestling.” There is not very much wrestling going to
take place. There’ll be a lot of grappling. There will be a lot of grappling, but that’s
a totally different conversation and I feel that it always gets missed. The only thing the wrestler has the ability
to do is control, “Is the fight going to be here or here?” Once they get here, this is a different sport. This is called grappling. This isn’t called wrestling, and once they’re
here this is a different sport. This isn’t wrestling either. It’s that in-between. It’s a huge advantage. I say this as a wrestler: I believe in that
advantage, I believe in that in-between. But I can also reveal to you guys, it’s only
one spot, and that video you saw of Conor while perhaps not a polished wrestler getting
ready for the Olympic Games, I can tell you as an MMA fighter, it’s enough.

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100 Comments

  • Reply Abdu Adi September 26, 2018 at 2:56 am

    I know how many states in America, I know Donald Trump is president of America, I know Walmart is chipper than Gucci, I know how good is food when I’m hungry, but I don’t know how good is Conor????🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔
    Khabib: “I’m sorry, but I’m gonna smash Conor”.
    20:00 ok, it was accident,
    21:00 ok, his opponent was not good fr
    22:00 ok, his opponent doesn’t know even garbage wrestling
    22:00 ok, bla bla bla bla then
    23:00 then 24:00 25:00 26:00
    Michael Johnson almost catch him but he lost
    Al-Iaquinta almost catch him but lost
    If Al-Iaquinta connected him couple punch then Conor knocks him out.
    “HOW GOOD IS CONOR”?
    27:00

  • Reply Pro Fighter September 26, 2018 at 3:02 am

    I LOVE HOW CHAEL'S HEAD IS GROWING. IN WIDTH, DEPTH AND LENGTH. TOTALLY TO ACCOMMODATE HIS GROWING BRAIN. LLC. -Long Live Chael.

  • Reply J Doggy dog September 26, 2018 at 3:23 am

    5th in states isnt that bad

  • Reply A guerrilla is no one September 26, 2018 at 3:28 am

    Chael, why not draw on the fact Conors boxing must have seriously improved since Mayweather?

  • Reply Free & Divided September 26, 2018 at 3:33 am

    Its 2018 can we not have background distractions. I just learned how to take someone down but no idea what Chael said.

    Brb replaying.

  • Reply Be honest with yourself September 26, 2018 at 3:34 am

    It's not enough and you know that.

  • Reply Louis C September 26, 2018 at 3:59 am

    Conor's grappling is also garbage too. So although you may be correct Chael, seeing fighters like Robert Whittaker with limited wrestling, Conor will lose.

  • Reply Holyhallie September 26, 2018 at 4:01 am

    proper twelve! 🙂

  • Reply Austin Maness September 26, 2018 at 4:11 am

    I could listen to Chael talk about the difference of salt and pepper.

  • Reply Shafi Ahadi September 26, 2018 at 4:27 am

    Love ur videos… but this iz complete BS!

  • Reply волк Gang September 26, 2018 at 4:30 am

    Hmmmm, I honestly hadn't thought of it that way. Thanks Mr. Sonnen.

  • Reply Jawad Awan September 26, 2018 at 4:38 am

    “If I had a partner I could show you” there are 3 people in the back

  • Reply Website guy September 26, 2018 at 4:55 am

    DC PROVES WRESTING IS NOT AS IMPORTANT GOOD EYE POKES.

  • Reply Website guy September 26, 2018 at 4:59 am

    Heres another Chuck Norris joke . Chael is standing there Chuck Norris says he sucks.

  • Reply David Limardo September 26, 2018 at 5:12 am

    NO! you explain it wrong sonnen because it's gonna be a fist fight in the middle of Las Vegas and that's that.

  • Reply chauncey phillips September 26, 2018 at 5:14 am

    i disagree with chael cm punk was an exception his wrestling is the best and allowed him to nullify hid opponents strengths

  • Reply Euryale Music September 26, 2018 at 5:18 am

    So… did Tito tap?

  • Reply Kidlat September 26, 2018 at 5:35 am

    Conor wrestling is enough sure lol conor will be depleted after a clinch defensive mode. Conor stamina is bad and that's a main factor to loosing this fight.

  • Reply Jefferson Steelflex September 26, 2018 at 5:48 am

    So why not Logan Paul fight

  • Reply yaggle fraggle September 26, 2018 at 6:03 am

    it wasn't enough for 26 people khabib fought

  • Reply Unarcadia Arcadia September 26, 2018 at 6:28 am

    That Conor video was just him working technique, they would not practice explosive wrestling moves or scrambling this close to the fight to avoid of injury.

  • Reply Lazyfatferalcat Chubby September 26, 2018 at 6:34 am

    Gsp did not have a wrestling background but always out wrestled the wrestlers he fought.

  • Reply Kobies Boxing September 26, 2018 at 6:38 am

    Dirty wrestling > Wrestling, Dirty boxing > Boxing, Dirty grappling > Grappling.

  • Reply NoFapPhoenix September 26, 2018 at 6:58 am

    I've never even won in thumb wrestling

  • Reply Aldrin Detablan September 26, 2018 at 7:53 am

    dick-riding much chael? if he doesn't stop the first takedown he's dead.. khabib is on another level on grappling..

  • Reply Ra Kiani September 26, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Let's just say bad grappling IS NOT enough then because you can't say bad wrestling was enough for any of the guys Khabib mauled.

  • Reply Hybrid Mind September 26, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Go watch Max vs Conor. Conor wrestlefucked max and out grappled him with an injury. Y’all steady talk shit on Conor’s grappling

  • Reply Debbie Downer September 26, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Yikes… Wrestling is arguably THE most important aspect of wrestling. Couture, Woodley, Jon Jones, DC, Chad Mendes… so on, so on and so on. Wrestling isn't the offence, it's the unspoken threat it offers. ANY striker fighting a wrestler IMMEDIATELY alters their game plan and restrain from letting strikes go because of what a decent wrestler could do. Jujitsu isn't even as important as wrestling. Change my mind.

  • Reply Xhoni Mimillari September 26, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Chael it's enough Sonnen

  • Reply Val September 26, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Another lunatic statement, dear Sonnen.

  • Reply ScorpionXII September 26, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Chael "Holly Holm's boxing will be useless against Ronda Rousey" Sonnen is back with another analysis. What will we learn from him this time?

  • Reply CajonIndia September 26, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Chael have seen your both fights against Anderson … you were taking Anderson down so easily….. lost because of over confidence or bad luck ….. But Conor can land from those unusual angles than Anderson…. may be

  • Reply Bruce Wayne September 26, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Chael v Fedor

  • Reply Nenad Dabic September 26, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    Enough is enough

  • Reply sonne perd September 26, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Yes but khabib is very good wrestler in mma the guys like romero cejudo and cormier they taking down everybody but they not stay to long in ground like khabib they act like in professional i take you down i won they dont stay and lay and pray too much thats just to get point and people can take them down like wee see romero been tkdwn by brunson cormier by jones etc chael you talk about something khabib is not with those guys and dont forget khabib mix with judo to like we see in rda fight sorry for my english people.

  • Reply sonne perd September 26, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Khabib is last fight dont use is fake double flyng knee too make is opponent step back to the cage and that was one of the best significal moves he has to close the distance everybody forget that i hope he don’t forget to because he ´s gonna need it against mcgregor

  • Reply KidScipio September 26, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    we see what you're doing chael and we like it

  • Reply Benjamin Fenn September 26, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    The concern is more that Conor doesn't have much for Khabib with respect to wrestling or grappling IN ADDITION to Conor's gas tank being shallow, and combing those with the fact that Khabibi specializes in humping his opponents across the octagon and sapping their strength until the cows udders run dry is really bad for Conor.

    You know more about actually performing in the octagon than anyone commenting on this video, so I know you know this, but THAT is what most are worried about

  • Reply LuKe10559 September 26, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    "Undefeated UFC champ Khabib says he is ‘the Floyd Mayweather in MMA’"

  • Reply Life of MaMuT September 26, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    aaannddd ? does enough mean connor will win ?

  • Reply INHUMANENATION September 26, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Conor is gna be like the Jesus of mma. He's gna die by crucifix.

  • Reply WF FILMS September 26, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    Where’s Uber Chael these days?

  • Reply Jerry Slaugh September 26, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Chael, I think you bring up some Good Points. Here is something a wrestler brings that no other sport offers as well and that is Balance and the Ability to feel and react to Balance Shifts. The better the Wrestler the better they are at reacting to this. I have seen this Balance work in Football, Soccer, Track and even Baseball. It is something people don't understand until you feel it from someone that is Better in a Scramble. You obviously know this.

  • Reply DrumGobDK September 26, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Is this channel a direct competitor to Jameson do?

  • Reply Isaiah Fortnite September 26, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    single leg and drive is all most need to gain a dominant position; its like most people thinks its some magic shit though. the bodylock (bearhug?) is good when they start slipping away from that single though. The bodylock/bearhug gets problematic when they have something to stabilize themselves from however; ie railing, wall, cage, etc…can burn a shit-tonne of energy pulling the asshole off that stable point.

  • Reply Svilen Dimitrov September 26, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Chael, what do you talking about?DC isn't world class wrestling?? C'mon

  • Reply Russ Bilderback September 26, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    Chael nailed it out of the park with this one. Been saying this all along. Conor is not going to approach getting good enough at wrestling, especially in a training camp to come anywhere near Kabib's wrestling so people saying he needs to be training a lot with high level wrestlers are wrong. Chael, a wrestler, nails it.

  • Reply Ray Wade September 26, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    Nobody’s poor wrestling has been “enough” for Khabib yet…

  • Reply sarge5000 September 26, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Huge misconception in this sport : chael knows what he's talking about

  • Reply robertoradea September 26, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    You can run for president !

  • Reply michael malosky jr September 26, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    I think the key element Chael left out is this: high level wrestling(NCAA Div 1 All-American/World Freestyle) is predicated on a uniquely intense workout regimen.
    There's a truism among wrestlers that the only way to get in shape for wrestling is to wrestle.
    This kind of background makes MMA workouts a snap. The weight cutting, the constant push/pull grind against opponents in the sweatiest circumstances is just bread 'n butter for grapplers.
    Every old skool wrestler knows the infamous Iowa Hawkeye summer camp black t-shirts and its hellish daily schedule printed on the back!

  • Reply Michael D September 26, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    I got conor by tko in the first or second

  • Reply chazb27 September 26, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    I could listen to chael talk mma all day .

  • Reply Scara Mouche September 26, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    Ben Askren?

  • Reply jen zydyk September 26, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    the point of wrestling is control. connor will not get up

  • Reply ironbladesmovie September 26, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    Actually, even good wrestling isn't good enough to work against Khabib.

  • Reply nar0099 September 26, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    Edgy brahhhhh shoutout here we fuckin go

  • Reply G B September 26, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    whispering chael is one of the best types of chael

  • Reply 1DRSy September 26, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    chael i fking love your vids dude… pls interview people

  • Reply elllo govna September 26, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Can't fookin wait

  • Reply Patrick V September 26, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    i love you chael but michael bisping's son is about as good as you for predictions!!

  • Reply Bob Belson September 26, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    Lol Why all the negativity?. Mr Sonnen just giving his perspective. He is a decent speaker insofar as fighters go. Why compare him to a Professional orator , Public Administration , or newscaster pedigree. He doesn't need to be Clarence Darrow. He does not need to lead the Fordham Debate team to a victory .. No people , In MMA commentating.. He is good enough..So shut up and listen .Sonnen =MMA Analyst. .

  • Reply Andrew Tsurkan September 26, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    Well bad wrestling is ok for MMA. Connor could be a proof to that. But the real question is "if bad wrestling good enough for Khabib?"

    Scratch that. The real question is "How good is Connor M…"

  • Reply stephen schneider September 26, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    30 dollar Tshirt…..

  • Reply k1llzOn381 September 26, 2018 at 11:30 pm

    You can tell Chael is dying to see this fight

  • Reply Daniel September 26, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    Yeah but the problem is Khabibs wrestling is above and beyond anything anyone else has to offer. It's going to be striking vs wrestling. The thing to remember is Nate Diaz was hit with big shots and wasn't able to be knocked out. I think Khabib will get knocked down but not knocked out. If Connor goes anywhere near Khabib after getting knocked down, Khabib will grab a body part of Connors and latch onto it and that's all she wrote.

  • Reply Shane Callaghan September 27, 2018 at 1:30 am

    Well said mate.

  • Reply Matthew Shaw September 27, 2018 at 11:48 am

    I fucking love this man

  • Reply John Youngblood September 27, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    Id love to see Ben Henderson come back to ufc. Against Kevin Lee, or Khabib or Eddie Alvares..any of the top 5 lightweights. Or top 145ers. Max would give him a damn good fight. Im sure hes making more money where he is because I cant see the ufc cutting him. Which means he left on his own for some reason.

  • Reply Chris Tsang September 27, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Khabib will muscle Conor to the cage, get the takedown, or get TKO'ed trying. I can see him eating a knee because he shoots so often and Conor WILL see them coming. Not saying it'll be an easy fight but Conor's got a decent chance.

  • Reply Giorgi Nemsitsveridze September 27, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Good evening ladies and gentlemen…
    I only have one question:
    Just how good is Conor McGregor ?

  • Reply Y J September 27, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    Man Chael is really up Conors butt.

  • Reply Christopher Barbosa September 27, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    LERT US HOPE YOU ARE RIGHT!

  • Reply C w September 28, 2018 at 12:17 am

    Who will be upset is Khabib loses?

  • Reply C w September 28, 2018 at 12:17 am

    Who will be upset if Connor loses?

  • Reply primetime5000 September 28, 2018 at 12:19 am

    awesome break down

  • Reply Smite September 28, 2018 at 3:31 am

    I mean But is it enouh tho will his takedown defence be betten than barboza thatsall i want to know

  • Reply Ali's Archive September 28, 2018 at 6:35 am

    6 October

  • Reply Marc Hankel September 28, 2018 at 9:56 am

    I'm so happy that you are part of the Sport! It wouldn't be the same without you! Good on you, man!

  • Reply BeBopScraBoo September 28, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    kerbob mecgrogordovc by supine in the sqworth.

  • Reply Some Nobody September 28, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    It's easier to defend good wrestling than it is to defend good striking.

    RIP kabeeb

  • Reply ibis iii September 29, 2018 at 2:26 am

    Correct me if i am wrong.. but arent most of the champions at this moment.. wrestlers??

    Idk if bad wrestling is good enough

  • Reply Albert Yang September 29, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    I hope Khabib chokes him out and he doesn't tap.. or knocks Conor out with a left hand…

  • Reply Justin McCauley September 30, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Here's the problem with the whole "hey, Conor can grapple" argument. It doesn't matter. So he can grapple a little. Half of Khabib's victories in the UFC have been against Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belts, whom he completely dominated, controlled and mauled on the ground. Khabib is not just the best wrestler in the promotion, he's the best grappler too. Conor's grappling will not be an equalizer.

  • Reply Neverforget September 30, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Damn Chael always spits the fuckn truth

  • Reply BIG JOHN October 1, 2018 at 12:45 am

    I am not buying this at all every top guy in the UFC has okay wrestling has enough according to him that doesn't stop khabib

  • Reply 3 Man October 1, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Fight will be terminated due to injury 🕶

  • Reply Joshua Warrior October 5, 2018 at 3:12 am

    Extremely contradicting you're saying here that you don't need great wrestling but you're saying an interview just now at 229 that someone with wrestling versus someone that doesn't have good wrestling it always ends the same that's not a paraphrase. But that's basically what you said

  • Reply Arzhang Emamifar October 6, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    GO ON GO UFC DO WHATEVER YOU CAN TO HELP YOUR POOR DYING HYPED LEGEND SO HE CAN SOME HOPE AND PEOPLE PUT THEIR MONEY ON HIM , HE IS A POOR UNDERDOG .
    TELL CHAEL TO COME HERE AND LIE BECAUSE HE TOLD SOME TRUTH IN THE BEGINNING AND NOW HE HAS RECEIVED THE WARNING AND TRYING TO UNDO IT ,
    CONNOR WILL GO DOWN AND CAN NOT STAND AGAINST HABIB.
    SUCH FUCKING LIES , AL LAQUINTA IS A WRESTLER AND HE COULD NOT STAND AGAINST HABIB , CONNOR SUCKS ON THE CANVAS .

    SAY GOODBYE TO YOUR POPPY FIGHTER . BYE BYE CONNOR .
    "HUMBLE IN LOSS AND HUMBLE IN DEFEAT"??? WE WILL SEE TOMORROW

  • Reply Iamjillstits October 7, 2018 at 7:18 am

    Was bad wrestling enough?

  • Reply kawaka600 October 8, 2018 at 2:53 am

    His face in round one 1,2,3 and then 4 said it all. Once his ass was on the ground it wasn’t enough.

  • Reply Igor Precep October 8, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    lol @ title: In MMA, bad wrestling is enough… 😀 Now after the match is over and all if us saw what happened… no, bad wrestling us not enough, at least not enough for outstanding wrestlers like Khabib is. After that mach my bet is that most MMA fighters with enough healthy brain cells will work out more on their wrestling skills, there is no other solution for Khabib like class of fighters, either to outwrestle him or to be outwrestled.

  • Reply GameNerdVeggie October 10, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Grappling/Wrestling is the worst thing you can do in a fight. The only things that work are counter attacks and leg swipes in such a sport

  • Reply ratty ratty October 11, 2018 at 11:03 am

    Don’t fear…. America

  • Reply MetalFace MovieReviews October 11, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    But how good is Connor?????

  • Reply david patrick green October 12, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Well I guess bad wrestling is a lot worse than you thought, Chael. Connor got owned on the mat. He couldn't stop the takedown and had no submission attempts. Didn't even try to get up for most of the fight. Nice to see an epic fail from Mr Knowitall, Chael.

  • Reply justdynee October 13, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    was watching for much the same reasons as everyone else; However, I was looking for how much if any of Macgregor's jaw has been affected by the punishment he took from Mayweather over 10 rounds. Don't forget a pro boxer's punches are fast, hard and much heavier than most MMA fighters. Also, he took heavy damage at the hands of Nate Diaz in 2 fights, and Nate carries proper boxing trained punches as well. I also have to not here that if a fighter's jaw goes kaput, often so does his punch if he is a knockout artist. When Pipino Cuevas ran into Thomas Hearns he was demolishing everyone and had an Iron jaw. He lost both his Jaw and punch after Hearns and had to soon retire. Roberto Duran ran into Hearns and got starched, but he went on to beat Iran Barklay and Davey Moore and had an illustrious career and so forth. Most lose a little bit of jaw and punch here and there throughout their career by aging and punishment or both.I noted Mcgregor's reactions seemed very compromised and slow from the outset. After round one it seemed he didn't even bother ducking a lot of power shots, and I noted the jabs were hurting Mcgregor badly Both indicators of concussive damage, boxer's brain. He hit Kabib a few times with the vaunted left and Kabib was literally unfazed. Another indicator of Mac's being somewhat punch-drunk possibly or at least damaged.The first round was text-book Kabib, but pretty much had to be. He is a notoriously slow starter, and Macgregor could end it then and there. The fact he did so well in round one was bad, bad news for Mac. Kabib did so well moving to his left and away from Macgregor's power which kept falling short. That bothered Macgregor, he thought of Kabib's sound strategy of movement and away from his power. In that instant Kabib shot a takedown knowing full well Mac had prepared a knee for it. Macgregor's preoccupation, which Kabib knew was going on set Mac up for the takedown. For Kabib that was a warm-up round. Macgregor incidentally was bone dry and hadn't warmed up properly himself.Kabib was so much faster than Macgregor who is himself noted for his speed. That was evident by a lead right knockdown. In fighting 98 percent of the time you lead with a jab and almost never throw a lead right hand which is easily countered. Aldo tried that and got dummied. A lead right is also what Ali used to set up Foreman for an upset. So it can have its place but very exceptionally. In MMA lead with a jab, or at least a Teep kick. Best option is move away from your opponent's power. Agreed to most a two point round for Kabib which would have a profound effect on and influence Mac's eventual tapout. It's tough having 3 rounds to go, being out of gas, and being down 3-0, and staring a full tank loco-motive in the eyes with bad intentions in his eyes not to mention hate. Macgregor comes away from round 2 beaten up, out of gas, and Kabib is now 60 percent warmed up; more on that in a bit. I believe at this point Kabib has it in the bag and he knows it.Round 3. Macgregor will now look for Kabib to slow down which does happen but not for what Mac thinks. It is a voluntary round off for Kabib. I believe at this point Kabib is looking for ways to safely beat on Macgregor without letting him back into the fight. I also believe that Kabib thinks he is off on his own perceptions of not having warmed up properly, and expending so much gas, so in a sense he is out of kilter. It's kind of like jumping out of bed too quickly in the morning. If nothing else the early punishment has removed Conor's punch. Kabib took some shots and was not only unfazed, he was clear eyed, energized and galvanized by it. That had to sink Macgregor's ideas even further, because that was so apparent. To be invited to stand toe to toe by Kabib, and having Kabib's jabs hurt him badly took the rest of the stuffing out of Conor. At this point Macgregor is fouling left and right; The most egregious was the illegal knee on the ground. He would also try to land fingers in Kabib's eyes and if he weren't so afraid of the takedowns, and if Kabib was not so insanely quick at closing the distance Mac would have fingered him in the eye. A huge aspect of this fight was Kabib staying way beyond Conor's reach. You'll note when Conor reaches an opponent, and measures, Kabib is always at least a foot beyond. And also, why play that chess game ? Hand game, footwork. Kabib just stays out of reach, or walks away. That frustrated Conor even more.Herb Dean absolutely was looking for a Conor win here. He let all those fouls go ? Maybe he is just lousy. Riddle me this. The third is Conor's best round but you must have seen Kabib gaining confidence and pep and jump. That demoralized Conor, now more than ever he was looking for a way out. More on that a bit later. Now Kabib is fully warmed up and Conor knows it.Round four is strange. Conor does well, and is winning the round, then Kabib lands a jab that wobbles Conor. After some boxing a short time later, and visibly wasted, Conor signals okay and nods. I took that as it's time to go. At that point I said "Its over". Time to lose one way or the other, and it will be on the ground. He stands and waits to get taken down. The neck crank didn't matter. It did not matter if he'd sunk the choke or not. Or if it was a head crank. This could have ended much earlier. Watch it again, that was a lame attempt at disguising giving up your back, Conor. Kabib couldn't let it go the distance and leave it in the hands of the judges. Look at what Herb Dean was doing? Look at who you are fighting. UFC needs and depends on Conor Macgregor. Rousey's Gone for Good and Lesnar is only here sporadically.I took away that Conor's fights against Diaz and Mayweather has done significant damage. His reaction is gone, as is his punch. Kabib is not slow and sending that shot from across the cage like that on Conor was insane. I don't think I've ever seen that.

  • Reply Surkhiyan October 28, 2018 at 1:08 am

    And this is why Ben Askren will loose to Khabib.

  • Reply Kyle Speers November 20, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Wtf wrestling is the most important aspect in mma no bad wrestling gets guys to lose fights 10-8 rounds this makes charl seem ridiculous

  • Reply razerfish February 12, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    This post didn't age well.

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