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Welcome back to part 2 where we continue off with the art of hand fighting–Conor McGregor.
There’s a certain trick to hand fighting that fighters keep aware of. One of the important factors in hand fighting is your hand positioning. It’s sometimes becomes a fight to see who gets the their hand higher above their opponent’s hand. The advantage of having your hand over your opponents is that you can parry it down to invite your own punches right through.
Max Holloway is one of the fighters in the UFC to have lasted 3 rounds with McGregor. Max’s demonstrated his own understanding of the hand game as well. Max managed to land the same hand fighting strategies Conor had pulled off.
Conor has a strong tendency to work off a variety kicks from his hand fighting as well. It’s one of the main habits Conor shows.
When Conor leads, he’s got quite a few tricks to ensure his body moves into dominant angles. Generally speaking, he moves outside of the opponent’s lead leg. As a brief conceptual summary, moving outside the lead leg gives you an advantage because it denies the opponent many weapons to use against you because of the need of having to re-adjust to strike back.
He are a few habits Conor shows when going on the offense.
Note in the first one example, Conor uses a hop step but his feet shifts forward to follow up with upper body allowing him to maintain equilibrium in his stance.
Conor regularly practices landing the uppercut after hitting a new angle. The advantage of hitting a new angle first is that the opponent must turn to adjust to you, often leaving their guard open while re-adjusting.
Let’s watch this concept in action.
The uppercut was a perfect choice to land while Brimage was adjusting. The uppercut tends to be a high risk attack because of the dropping of the hand leaving your head exposed, but using in conjunction with hitting new angles ensures you a split time window where they won’t be able to attack unless they adjust to you first.
I wanted to mention a quick look at one of Conor’s defensive habits I enjoyed seeing. This isn’t his go-to defense but you’ll see it on occasion. The pushing block. AKA, Thai framing/stiff arming/ push blocking. Whatever you want to call it. It’s a good way to stuff their advancement and interrupt their technique.
A tool right out of a page from the “King of the Ring.”I do want to mention there are different styles of using this. I used Spong as an example because his style is similar to Conor’s.
“They don’t move like I move.” In part 3, we explore movement.
part 3 here: