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Fighter on Fighter: Breaking down UFC 202’s Conor McGregor

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MMAmania.com resident fighter analyst — and aspiring professional fighter — Andrew Richardson breaks down the mixed martial arts (MMA) game of UFC 202 headliner Conor McGregor, who looks to avenge his sole UFC loss this Saturday (Aug. 20, 2016) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight kingpin, Conor McGregor, will make a return trip to Welterweight for a chance at revenge opposite lanky bruiser, Nate Diaz, this Saturday (Aug. 20, 2016) at UFC 202 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

It’s safe to say this wasn’t the plan.

When McGregor accepted bout with Diaz on short-notice back in March, it seemed like something of a step down. After all, Rafael dos Anjos — McGregor’s original dance partner — had beaten Diaz from pillar-to-post, and the younger Diaz brother seemed a bit pudgy and out of shape.

Nonetheless, McGregor wound up battered and finished in less than two rounds.

With a full camp revolving around Diaz behind him, McGregor intends to prove that the last result was a fluke and that he’s the better man. We’ll have to wait for Saturday night to learn if there’s any truth to those beliefs, but in the mean time, let’s take a look at the skills McGregor has shown thus far.


McGregor has a deep background in striking martial arts — both boxing and Taekwondo — which helps explain his diverse skill set. While it’s never easy to predict which path he intends to follow, McGregor’s striking can most easily be broken down into the categories of range kicking, counter punching, and all-out offense.

Regardless of whether McGregor is attempting to counter or hunt his foe, kicks are a hugely important aspect to McGregor’s offense. McGregor attacks with a wide variety of kicks, ranging from front kicks, side kicks, spinning attacks, and roundhouse kicks. ….View full article

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