MMA fighters grapple at BJJ tournaments. They compete in straight kickboxing competitions. Yet, it’s unusual to see an MMA fighter in a pure boxing match. From years of training in mixed martial arts, MMA fighters get looser and more flexible than boxers.
Those hips don’t lie!
I predict, hip-powered punches combined with excellent movement wins the fight for “Mystic Mac”, Conor McGregor.
Mayweather Facing Southpaw Fighter
Because Conor McGregor is a southpaw, on the June 14th conference call, UFC president Dana White predicts Floyd “Money” Mayweather might find dodging blows from the Irishman, tougher than he thought. Dana believes the world wants to know if…”In a 12 round fight, is Conor McGregor gonna be able to touch Floyd Mayweather?”
At age 40, Mayweather has had a long, successful boxing career. Conor, age 28, has youth, stamina, skills and a long career in front of him. Floyd’s last fight was in 2015.
THE FIGHT IS ON. pic.twitter.com/KhW0u3jRft
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 14, 2017
Anderson Silva fights lefty in his straight boxing match vs Julio Cesar
MMA superstar Anderson Silva vs Julio Cesar in a pro boxing match.
Lessons Learned From Watching Anderson Silva vs Julio Cesar
What do you see in this straight boxer vs MMA star fight?
- Twelve 3-minute rounds is a long time. MMA fighters will want to end that fight much sooner. Two rounds for Anderson Silva was all he needed.
- As the taller fighter, Anderson maintained distance, using long punches to keep Cesar busy, blocking and defending.
- Cesar fought flat-footed. Anderson kept a wide stance and seems more flexible, with good hip swing in his punches.
- Cesar barely gets any shots off because Anderson is dancing around, and overwhelming him with strikes.
- Anderson constantly circled out of range — and away from Cesar’s right hand power shot.
- Cesar had difficulty closing the distance. When he did, Anderson made him pay.
- Anderson moves gracefully, light on his feet. Cesar looks stiff in his movements. I think Anderson looks looser because he trains in kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
- Did you notice the Ali shuffle followed by an avalanche of punches? I saw it at 2:03 and then again (in a replay) at 3:44 in the video.
The Secret is in the Hips
My prediction: Loose hips from years of kicking will pay dividends, giving Conor McGregor the advantage against Floyd Mayweather.
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Making Big Fight Match-Ups Gets Expensive
Mayweather vs McGregor: On the conference call following the announcement of this epic match-up, Stephen Espinoza, Showtime Sports EVP, said that people who’ve never been interested in MMA or boxing are going to tune in to watch this fight. They expect to reach an untapped market of people who never buy PPV fights…but they’re going to buy this one.
UFC President Dana White, a boxing fan since his early days in New England, predicts Mayweather vs McGregor is bigger than Mayweather vs Pacquiao. That means PPV might go over $100. Both fighters will be well-compensated. Because money talks.
Best case scenario money wise for Money Mayweather is if McGregor/Mayweather turns into a trilogy. Just sayin… pic.twitter.com/5CZiPOu55w
— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) June 14, 2017
photo credit: Conor McGregor kick