Discussion in 'UFC Discussion' started by Leonard Haid, Sep 14, 2018.
Or was Conor already a great enough striker to KO Khabib in the usual Conor fashion?
It could but it might not
He obviously must've improved even more in his boxing while training for Floyd.
However, I don't think he's as hungry as before and he's not as dedicated as before. To me that is a bigger factor than his preparation against Floyd.
I wish he knocks out Khabib, but i don't think he will put in the effort or heart for it.
Conor is only 3-2 vs fighters over 5’7. Khabib is the best human-sized fighter Conor has ever faced.
Getting better with your boxing against a guy who like to go for takedowns from the clinch is obviously a good thing.
Of course and yes
so what exactly did he do in that floyd fight besides show up, show club level skills (as well as several WTF is this buffoon doing moments), and make millions for a glorified Floyd sparring match?
He learned that he is not boxing? That coming in 2 weight classes means shit when you're skills are subpar? That all the name calling of fighters being punch drunk came back to bite as little, so-called pillow fisted floyd put him on medical suspension with the beating he put on him (lets be honest most of the fight was floyd taking it easy on conor)?
He trained with his MMA coaches - did not bring in an actual boxing coach.
He's the same conor - good at sliding back and in and countering and being a deadly finisher when he has a guy stunned.
If he lands a quick and deadly left? Yes.
If he's taken down in the first minute? No.
And for the record - not a conor fan (obviously) but I'm slightly favouring him to catch Khabib and finish him.
no, that training camp was shit
All the clinch and grappling experience from the Mayweather fight will really improve Conor's chances vs Khabib. May Mac was the epitome of how great Conor's grappling is and no doubt it has been improving ever since.
His striking was already 100x better than Khabib's...
But the fact that its improved even more since because of the preparation for Mayweather only ensures his victory over The Eagle more so.
I think a high level boxing camp and going 10 real rounds with Floyd Mayweather is beneficial to anyone. There is not a fighter on the UFC roster who wouldn’t improve from that situation.
No, obviously not, training is shit when it comes to fighting. Best is when you just roll off the couch.
The only thing Conor learned from fighting Floyd was that everyone that told him he was a legitimate world class striker was lying to him.
IIRC, during Firas Zahabi's time on Joe Rogan's MMA podcast, he said he likes his fighters working on their boxing so they get used to the pace of lots of punches in that particular range, but doesn't want too much because he doesn't want the boxing mechanics to become too instilled, especially when it comes to a fighter being in very close range. IE, when boxing, glove to glove up against the ropes, where the posture and positioning of the arms is very different.
I don't think Conor is going to accidentally slip into 'boxing' mode when in contact with Khabib, but that is definitely the range Khabib will be focusing on achieving.
He had to build up his endurance like crazy to be able to last 10 rounds with 8oz gloves. Originally he was training for a fight with 10oz gloves.
McGregor landed 111 of the 430 punches he threw, a percentage of 26. That compares well against Pacquiao who landed only 81 of the 429 shots he threw in 2015, a percentage of just 19.
I think Conor’s punches with 4 oz gloves will still have finishing power against Khabib even in the 3rd or 4th round.
Who do you think will pull out? Lets be real guys. Their is absolutely no way Tony Ferguson, Pettis, Khabib and Conor all make it to the cage come fight night! I just wonder what match ups will actually happen! Long time reader first time poster. I've been rerading this forums for 10 years.
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