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Is Conor still capable of this kind of footwork

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  1. Gracious Warrior Orange Belt

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    Take a look at Conor's debut. The footwork, the combinations, the speed. He had it all. I wonder if he's still capable of this kind of performance, especially the movement aspect of it.

    Nowadays he's a flatfooted boxer, plodding forward looking only to land punches to the head. To use Conor's phrase, he's now "stuck in the mud".

    Let's start moving those feet again Conor, and some combinations would be nice too.

     
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    he got too old for manlet divisions


    simple as
     
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  3. LilNicky95 Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    Marcus Brimage in the rematch.
     
  4. VinceArch I am all of me.

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    The start of a very shitty period for MMA.
     
  5. HNIC215 Semper Fidelis...

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    Now he's at home like...
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  6. Vince Black Blue Belt

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    No doubt back in the days he was more fluid and fast, he was a better fighter overall, unfortunately he is not the same anymore...
     
  7. surgeyou1 Welcome to the Machida Era...Part Deux

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    Yeah all those exciting fights and KOs really ruined MMA

    And no. He's become flat flooted and stiff. All those lower leg injuries have taken their toll.
     
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    He will never show that again


    He is getting his leg amputated next Dustin fight what you talkin’ bout?
     
  9. Uber_Noober Silver Belt

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    Flowy Conor is gone
     
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  10. Cauliflower Ear Banned Banned

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    Stook in the moood
     
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  11. Lord Grey Purple Belt

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    He'd look even better now against an opponent the quality of Brimmage.

    Fortunately, he's got to fight much better opponents these days.
     
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  12. GueseGuy Red Belt

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    He was fighting a 5’3” man .. anyhow Marcus Brimage is now 7-7 and is fighting next weekend
     
  13. Haj01 Silver Belt

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    Haven't seen this fight in years. But even in this fight he was getting leg kicked and tagged early. Now guys have evolved enough to land and avoid his punches. Hell even Khabib rocked him on the feet.
     
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  14. theleerygoose Purple Belt

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    Conor will never be what he once was. He’s been TKO’d/KOd, abused alcohol and coke, and doesn’t have the same hunger
     
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  15. TheBulge Yellow Card Yellow Card

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    It's a young man's style, that will exhaust him very quickly now. It's a burning sensation that will just drain your legs. Shertards who never even sparred before don't know how much effort is needed just to move like that, let alone deal with all the other aspects of MMA in a fight.
     
  16. Gnome Chumpsky Banned Banned

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    I think his new pasghetti leg will only further his flexibility and movement.

    Conor 4.0 is a real threat
     
  17. Melas Chasma Silver Belt

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    The finishing combo was really impressive and accurate, but other than that he got tagged early plenty by Brimage.
     
  18. FIghtxIQ Black Belt

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    He needs to go back to the way he used to train. He got rid of Ido because of the comments everyone was making. That was when he was training with Ido and practicing his traditional martial arts kicks. He also wasn't trying to KO/TKO fighters with one punch back then like he is now. He shifted his training and striking style to a power punching style that doesn't suit him. He was never really a one punch power puncher, he would get TKOs after rounds of landing over and over again and he would eventually get the finish. Once he started training like a one punch KO artist that is when you saw the biggest shift in his fighting style. He became flat footed and abandoned his footwork and tried to walk fighters down instead of using footwork/movement to counter strike. That's also when he stopped getting KOs/TKOs because that's not how he was getting them in his previous fights.

    Also his slow footwork/movement is mainly because he stopped working his footwork movement and switched to a stationary walk-em down style after Floyd used that on him in their boxing fight. It doesn't suit Conor's fighting style because he lacks an inside boxing game, that's why Floyd used that style against him. Conor tries to use it but he is a euro style counter puncher, that's his boxing style and it doesn't work well trying to walk fighters down because Conor will always stop mid range and wait for something to counter, that's why he was always in range to get kicked by Poirer. If you are trying to walk fighters down you need to be able to lead and you need to be able to fight in the pocket, you can't always stop mid range and wait for something to counter.

    Also he focused more on muscle instead of speed/movement/footwork. That's one of the main reasons his footwork is completely different. His focus on muscle drastically slowed his legs and he doesn't move around the same anymore. He isn't able to do the bounce he used to do because those require different muscles to perform. He focused too much on slow twitch muscles with his legs and his legs loss their speed and explosiveness.
     
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  19. ironfist05 Silver Belt

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    conors footwork has gotten slower and clunkier as time has gone on. I'd imagine a lot of factors go into that: stylistic changes, damage to his leg, aging, fear of getting his legs kicked at and gaining weight.

    I don't know if he can do it again, his footwork didn't look that good against Dustin in their rubber match. Maybe he can, but I have my doubts.
     
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    Not just injuries but the footwork he had was from taekwondo and tang soo do as well as soviet union boxing. That bounce must always be practiced and most importantly you have to stretch the ankles and to make sure your not engaging in any activity that causes inflammation.

    Drugs and alcohol causes massive amounts of inflammation and screws the nervous system to the point of not being able to properly practice and recover.
     
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