Don’t count famed striking coach Mark Henry among those surprised to see Nate Diaz score a win over Conor McGregor at UFC 196.
On-site to corner Corey Anderson against Tom Lawler, Frankie Edgar’s top trainer made sure to stick around to scout McGregor ahead of a possible run-in at UFC 200 in July.
“People this weekend were saying how amazing Conor is by going up,” Henry told John Franklin of the Sunday Morning Cornerman show. “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 made the jump from title bouts at 145 pounds to face Diaz at welterweight, but Henry doesn’t exactly see it like that.
“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 all but confirmed that McGregor will make a return at UFC 200 on July 9. Post-fight at UFC 196, McGregor said he intended to defend his featherweight title and his coach John Kavanagh told Ariel Helwani Monday that a rematch with Jose Aldo would be next, if it were up to him.
“I think from that fight we know why Conor and the UFC don’t want him to fight Frankie,” Henry said of McGregor. “This ….View full article
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