Back on March 5th, Conor McGregor squared off against Nate Diaz in the main event of UFC 196. In the second round, McGregor was rocked, and shot in for a takedown against Diaz, which ultimately led to him being submitted via rear-naked choke.
In the wake of the fight, many began criticizing McGregor for what they believed to be a weak Jiu-Jitsu game. Ahead of his UFC 202 rematch against Nate Diaz, McGregor brought in Jiu-Jitsu world champion Dillon Danis to help him train for the event.
Danis spoke to FloGrappling to reveal that McGregor’s ground game is actually much better than people give him credit for!
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“It’s unfair. Conor is amazing on the ground. One submission loss doesn’t mean anything. If you go to a jiu-jitsu tournament and a guy loses by submission you’re gonna say ‘ok that guy sucks’? It’s bullshit man. Conor is a great fighter, he’s got great jiu-jitsu. I’m having a blast here. I’m learning from him and he’s learning from me. It’s a great combo. It’s so easy to see why this guy is a champion. If you come here, you can see everything that he kinda got and he achieved, he deserves. A lot of guys you usually train with, at the end of the class, they’re tired. They say get a partner, and the guy usually gets the easier guy in the room, someone that’s not going to push them. Conor always goes for the best guy in the room. In jiu jitsu, he always calls me out. I love it. He’s the guy who always wants to go and be the best.”