UFC interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor battled through takedowns and some brutal elbows to eventually catch Chad Mendes in the second round of their fight at UFC 189, and win by TKO.
So, about that wrestling. McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, told The MMA Hour that ahead of the fight McGregor actually did zero live wrestling during training camp, because of a knee injury.
“I’ve gotta be honest, when we were walking out to this fight it was in the back of my mind that we haven’t done a single round of live wrestling. I had my eyebrows raised and thought, let’s see what happens.”
“Really the first round of full wrestling was done in that fight. His timing a little bit on the sprawl and dealing with the shot was not quite there. It started getting better as the fight went on. Do I think a rematch if it does happen down the line would be different? Yes, for both of them.”
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