Conor McGregor has stunned his opponents and naysayers every time he has stepped into the octagon. His striking coach of ten years, Owen Roddy, believes his fight with Chad Mendes at UFC 189 will be no different; McGregor will walk out with his hands raised and with gold slung over his shoulder after no longer than ten minutes.
“I think maybe the first or second round,” Roddy told MMAJunkie.” In a 25-minute fight, the odds of you being hit in the face is very high, especially against Conor McGregor. Once he does that, the end is near then. It’s matter of how long Mendes can stay in there, but nobody can take a beating from Conor for 25 minutes.”
Even though Chad Mendes possesses knockout power in his right, Roddy doesn’t believe the Team Alpha Male standout will pose as much of a threat to McGregor. “Mendes has a powerful overhand right, and that’s really it,” he continued. “For me, I just don’t think he’s going to be able to get close to Conor. Not only does Conor have very long arms, but he fights at range, where he bounces in and out, so I think Mendes will have a hard time closing the distance.”
Conor McGregor has gone all-in for preparations leading up to his interim title fight at “UFC 189″ with Chad Mendes, but is making sure he doesn’t over-train. “Conor has got very smart in how he’s training. He doesn’t overdo it, because for years we all used to — sparring hard, wrestling hard and training three or four times a day. Now Conor gets up and does an hour’s yoga. Then he’ll move around, go do a session, and come home and stretch. It’s very controlled, but it is doing wonders for him.
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