Connor McGregor vs Nate Diaz II full ffight revenge, Fighter on Fighter breaking down UFC 202’s Conor McGregor, 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.
MvGregor vs Diaz Full Fight Replay
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. Some of these kicks are more style than substance, but they still serve the purpose of keeping his opponent hesitant or causing him to push towards McGregor into a slip and counter.
The most effective of McGregor’s kicks is his left roundhouse. To the mid-section or head, McGregor does an excellent job forcing his opponent to circle into the kick. When he goes high, the kick also plays off the threat of his left cross, as McGregor can cause his opponent’s to slip into the strike (GIF).
When going to the body, McGregor will also utilize the front snap kick, which is a very exhausting strike. Against an opponent shorter than him (i.e. almost every Featherweight on the roster), it’s a difficult strike to avoid and is particularly damaging.
If McGregor is intending to counter, his kicks force his opponent to make a move. Since few men at Featherweight have McGregor’s size or diversity of kicks, they cannot keep up with him at that distance. Since the pressure is now on to close the distance, his counter boxing game is suddenly on in full effect.
Additionally, McGregor’s kicks are very useful when walking his foe down and cutting off the cage. If his opponent tries to escape into McGregor’s power side, the left kick or cross awaits him. Should his opponent try to circle in the opposite direction, McGregor can instead meet him with a hard spinning back kick.