Mark Henry, the famed striking coach of former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, was not at all surprised when Nate Diaz defeated Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 196 this past weekend in Las Vegas.
Henry was in attendance at UFC 200 and had this to say about the McGregor vs Diaz result:
“People this weekend were saying how amazing Conor is by going up,” Henry told John Franklin of the Sunday Morning Cornerman show (as transcribed by MMAFighting). “Well, Frankie is 15 pounds less than Conor and was the 155-pound champion. People need to get that in their head when talking about this awesomeness of Conor McGregor. If McGregor is this awesome fighter for going up and getting crushed, Frankie must be the best fighter to ever walk on the planet.”
McGregor moved up two weight classes in order to fight Nate Diaz at the blockbuster event. However according to Henry, Conor did not actually fight a real welterweight this past Saturday. His words:
“He didn’t go up two weight classes,” Henry said. “He fought a 155-pound fighter, and Frankie has dominated that weight class. Conor couldn’t even get past the first 155-pound fighter he faced. At the end of the fight, he was saying something like, ‘I don’t know if Frankie is worthy of fighting me.’ I think it’s the other way around. I don’t think Conor is worthy of fighting Frankie.”
UFC president Dana White has confirmed that Conor McGregor will return at July’s UFC 200 event in Las Vegas in order to defend his featherweight title for the first time. However, an opponent for “Mystic Mac” has yet to be named by UFC officials.
McGregor’s coach coach John Kavanagh told Ariel Helwani on Monday that a rematch with Jose Aldo would be next, if it were up to him. Mark Henry believes that McGregor’s team and the UFC don’t want Conor to fight Frankie at UFC 200 because the outcome will be terrible for the Irish superstar:
“I think from that fight we know why Conor and the UFC don’t want him to fight Frankie,” Henry said of McGregor. “This guy gasses out and Frankie would just maul this kid. Frankie isn’t afraid to throw strikes and has good movement. There’s a lot of things Conor does to fighters that he wouldn’t be able to do to Frankie.”
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