Though some people would point to Conor McGregor jumping up two weight classes and having a late opponent switch as the most obvious factors in his loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 196, his coach John Kavanagh doesn’t necessarily agree.
Kavanagh, who runs SBG in Ireland, echoed McGregor’s sentiment that Diaz was simply more efficient in how he fought on Saturday night. And if he had to point out anything that might went wrong specifically, it was that McGregor was trying too hard to land the knockout punch with his left, thus depleted himself early in a five-round fight.
The first round was both a good one and a concerning one for McGregor.
“Yeah, a lot of things were working,” Kavanagh said during an appearance on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “I did think that he maybe was loading up a little on his left hand, especially when you’re facing a same stance fighter. Nate’s kind of good at using that shoulder roll that boxers do to defend themselves. A lot of big lefts that weren’t catching him flush. They were kind of bouncing off his shoulder, or Nate was moving with the shot so weren’t having the impact they’d have on an opposite stance fighter or someone who wasn’t as highly skilled as Nate.
“But still, some good shots landed. He did get taken down by a single leg by Nate, but I thought Conor did very well, he executed a nice sweep and was taking the guard, almost passed and landed some good shots. So, all in all, it was a good round. I imagine the judges gave that round to Conor. I can’t see how it would have went otherwise.”
Kavanagh said he cautioned McGregor to take a little heat off the left hand, and to try ….View full article
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