A solution to Conor's cardio issues......

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  1. Touch of Death

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    Even as a huge fan of Conor, I am not blind to his flaws.

    One flaw which is not talked about a lot is his striking defence which is not particularly great, his striking differential which is (strikes landed - strikes you absorb) is at 1.27 which is not great (5.82 - 4.55).

    4.55 strikes absorbed a minute is very high for an elite fighter, if you look at someone who gets hit a lot like Robbie Lawler he absorbs 3.99 strikes a minute, Lawler actually absorbs more strikes then he lands surprisingly. To be fair, if you attempt a lot of strikes a minute you are more likely to absorb them as well.

    Here are the current top 10 leaders in strikes landed per minute, in brackets is their strikes absorbed, all this information is from Fightmetric (http://www.fightmetric.com/fighter-stats) which I don't think has updated recently as the Fox Sports's stats are slightly different (https://www.foxsports.com/ufc/stats...2&sort=1&opp=0&sortOrder=0&page=1&qualified=1)

    1 Leslie Smith - 7.56 (8.41)
    2 Cris Cyborg - 7.02 (1.79)
    3 Joanna Jedrzejczyk - 6.76 (2.48)
    4 Polo Reyes - 6.69 (4.59)
    5 Cain Velasquez - 6.49 (2.29)
    6 Jessica Andrade - 6.42 (4.94)
    7 Joanne Calderwood - 6.28 (4.40)
    8 Chase Sherman - 6.25 (5.35)
    9 Max Holloway - 6.20 (3.90)
    10 Conor McGregor - 5.82 (4.55)

    As you can see, Conor has the 4th highest strikes aborbed per minute out of the top 10, and 3rd lowest striking differential. There are a few factors that may affect this, Conor is mostly a striker so he is more prone to being hit compared to wrestlers, if you look at the top 10 leaders for strikes absorbed per minute, it is mostly wrestlers, Pena, GSP, Khabib, Usman etc. Another factor is the small sample size of fights, and how outliers can affect the statistics, both Diaz fights have adversely affected McGregor's stats.

    In general, if you look at the current top 10, the majority have great cardio and hence why they are able to push such a fast pace. Conor has a tendency to lose steam as the fight gets longer, he instead should attempt less strikes per minute and conserve energy. However, he is a fast starter and the high output is one of the many reasons for his success and why in general, he finishes most of his fights.

    What do you think?
     
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    Nothing his Colin F.A.S.T. Training System can't fix imo
     
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    Conor is mentally weak.
     
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    Another Conor thread..

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  6. Andre Xiong

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    Conor’s conditioning problems have only really haunted him once: Nate Diaz 1

    He paced himself well against the larger, far more conditioned Diaz in the rematch

    You could point out his conditioning vs Floyd Mayweather but the bigger issue was obviously the infinite boxing skill gap between Mayweather Jr and 0-0 MCGregor

    His conditioning issue is overblown, the guy has won two world championships in two divisions essentially at the same time (a feat never achieved in UFC before except they stripped him ahead of the feat)
     
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    option 1: he keeps his strength, and has a 20% chance of hurting khabib before he gets wrestlefucked

    option 2: he loses muscle mass, and now has a 10% chance of hurting khabib before he gets wrestlefucked

    Sadly, he will likely pussy out of that match up, as he pussied out of defending for litereally years.

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    Glass cardio
     
  9. Zeppeling

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    2 fights with Nate ruin those metrics
     
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    He definitely made adjustments since the 1st Nate fight. He came out swinging and throwing loads of kicks. In the 2nd Nate fight he took it easy and I don't think he threw any kicks at Alvarez.
     
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    He just needs to do more intense fight specific cardio. HIIT and LISS.
    Go all out on the heavy bag for several intervals, some light extended time sparring, footwork conditioning, grappling against the fence, etc.
     
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    McGregor got better at running and stalling, he tried the same tactics against Mayweather; to say that his cardio was better in the Diaz rematch is disingenuous at best.

    And referencing his two world title wins, with both opportunities essentially being gifted to him, has no relevance on the discussion of his cardio, especially when both of those fights were only two rounds or less.
     
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    Aldo should have been given the chance against Pettis without having to vacate the 145 title first. They didn't force BJ to give to the LW title when he fought GSP and we know the Conor story.

    How Aldo didn't get an automatic run back still blows me.
     
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    Conor McGregor: Floyd Mayweather is 'scared' of fighting me, says UFC champion.
     
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    Or just run
     
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    I think you would struggle to find a highly ranked fighter who plays to Mcgregor's strengths more than Khabib.

    Khabib is 9 fights, and 7 years into his ufc careers, and still uses the same technique to enter the clinch, there is no reason to believe he would change that against Conor.

    Mcgregor must get a semi thinking about Khabib wading forward swing his wild arm punches.
     
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    That strike absorbed ratio is highly misleading as the average amount went up rapidly by the two bouts he had with Nate.

    His striking defence, especially first 2 rounds, is one of the best in the division.
     
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    Bring a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to his fights and sleep in it like Michael Jackson did.

    Have Wim Hof as a coach to teach him how to breathe and create reserves of oxygen in his body.
     
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    reducing output would change the whole dynamic of the fight though, it's why he's so successful, he pressures guys to get them off their games. if he lets them relax then they can set up the TD attempts better, and at the same time won't be absorbing as much damage which will also improve TD quality.
     

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