UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has widely been criticized for what many believe to be a lack of a ground game. Ahead of his UFC 202 rematch with Nate Diaz on August 20th, McGregor brought in elite level BJJ black belt Dillon Danis to help him prepare for the ground game of Diaz.
According to the featherweight superstar, the training paid off, and he feels extremely confident going to the ground with Diaz once again at UFC 202 despite being submitted at UFC 196.
He spoke to MMAJunkie:
“I don’t think the difference between us in that fight was the jiu-jitsu; I think it was the durability, the endurance, the experience,” McGregor said on a recent UFC 202 media conference call. “I think that was the difference. When we were both fresh, I ended up in the mat and caught that kick and he did that takedown he does, and I swept him.
“I am confident on the mat with Nate. After that, I’ve brought in heavier people, more experienced jiu-jitsu people, to come in and push me daily. I will be experienced for his jiu-jitsu in the later rounds, also.”
“People can say what the (expletive) they want,” McGregor said. “I didn’t feel his weight anywhere until that moment, until when he sprawled. When I went to turn away from mount and regain guard or something, he sprawled me out at the right time and that was it. It was done at that stage, but (expletive) it. I’ll take that one on the chin.”
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