Conor McGregor breaks down unique striking: “They don’t understand”
While there is certainly nothing wrong with traditional striking techniques, mastery or correct application of unusual and unorthodox techniques will almost always make a bigger splash. This year, there was perhaps no striking technique that caused more of a stir than the shoulder strikes that Conor McGregor used against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 246.
McGregor needed just 40 seconds to win the fight via TKO, and used an array of punches and kicks as well. However the shoulder strikes were undoubtedly what many people gravitated to. The Irish superstar is also known for a wide variety of kicks and other strikes that may be unpredictable as well.
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In a recent post on Instagram, McGregor addressed his striking.
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Lately atop my striking, I’ve been striking them where they believe they can’t be struck also. And with shots they don’t understand to be shots. Look at the range of limbs and bone joints I strike with here alone. The hip. The bone of the clavicle, the infamous collar bone! The knee. The foot. The fist (both) A lovely array. That will be all kids now take down your notes and your homework tonight is… enter a cold bath. As cold as it possibly is, you do not need ice. Get in the water and then dip your head under fully and until you need to come up for air. Repeat this over and over until you can stay under for 2 minutes fully. Then Get out. Look at yourself in the mirror, And give your self two full clatters into the teeth. You silly novices, back to bed. Just kidding. Respect to all the students of the game. Always remember that if it moves, you are focused on the wrong thing. Stay ready, and most importantly, stay in school. @mcgregorfast ?
“Lately atop my striking, I’ve been striking them where they believe they can’t be struck also. And with shots they don’t understand to be shots. Look at the range of limbs and bone joints I strike with here alone. The hip. The bone of the clavicle, the infamous collar bone! The knee. The foot. The fist (both) A lovely array,” McGregor wrote, then going on to encourage children to stay in school.
The TKO victory over “Cowboy” was a much needed one for McGregor, who’s last win before UFC 246 came in 2016. He had, however, taken time out to face Floyd Mayweather Jr. in boxing, a fight that became the biggest boxing pay-per-view ever. Since returning to the UFC McGregor has opened up for several bouts, such as facing Justin Gaethje, and rematches with rivals Nate Diaz and Khabib Nurmagomedov.