Welcome to Midnight Mania!
There is no doubt that Conor McGregor hits very, very hard. He’s stopped 19 of his past opponents via knockout, including his upcoming foe Dustin Poirier. Statistically, McGregor drops his opponents at an unusually high rate. Whether his power is attributed to athleticism, technique, or timing, it’s undeniable.
If he’s hitting harder than ever, that’s a scary idea. Per his coach, John Kavanaugh, that may just be the case. “That power has increased, as it has for Dustin moving up a weight class. But for Conor, it’s really at an extraordinary level,” Kavanagh told reporters on Thursday (transcription via MMAJunkie). “To be honest, I’m really excited to see when I’m not shouting at him, ‘Take it easy, take it easy,’ and he’s wearing 18-ounce gloves and people are still flying across the ring. So to see it with four-ounce gloves, and me without having to worry about the sparring partner, it’s exciting.”
How does an experienced hitter like McGregor improve what is already one of his greatest assets? Kavanaugh credits consistency and dedication, explaining how his pupil was more focused than ever.
“Being focused throughout the camp and not letting distractions get in the way (is what) we’ve done to a different level for this fight,” Kavanagh said. “The ‘Cowboy’ fight was certainly a new level of commitment, love, and enjoyment for the process and that’s being dwarfed by this one because the ‘Cowboy’ one was a couple of months (of preparation). This fight has been a year because nothing stopped after January. The world stopped, but Conor didn’t, we didn’t. Certainly, the intensity dropped for a little while, but it’s been ramping up since the summer.”
In case anyone missed it, the story behind Ottman Azaitar’s removal from UFC 257 is absolutely wild. To misquote Brad Pitt and Se7en, “What’s in the bag?!?”
Dustin Poirier shuts down any rumors of a tough weight cut.
Haha im good! Walked out the sauna straight to the scale. Was still a little overheated https://t.co/Lpalav4vfy— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) January 22, 2021
Some Muay Thai technique and expertise:
The memes simply do not stop!
Darren Till has been going absolutely wild on the gram. In addition to feuding with police offers, he’s mocking betting companies and buying Mike Perry cameos. Incredible!
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Petrosyan is a smart striker. Wrestling is exhausting, and there’s no better way to capitalize on a tired foe than liver shots. Petrosyan dug three solid liver kicks/knees before the final one put his foe down.
Wow, beautiful finish by Armen Petrosyan. After a wrestling heavy 1.5 rounds, the champ rallies to his feet and KO's Dmitry Minakov with a nasty kick to the liver. And STILL Fight Nights LHW champ. #AMCFightNights pic.twitter.com/my3IbZcPyt— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) January 22, 2021
Relive some of McGregor’s best finishes:
The Irishman may be a sniper, but Poirier can pour it on a wounded foe like few others.
A dose of SUMO clips to end the week:
Day13 jūryō: 9-3 pink fury Ura (L) vs 2-10 Nishikigi. Nothing spectacular but still highlights Ura’s reflexes and tactics. Nishikigi, after a decent makuuchi career may have trouble staying in jūryō. Kimarite is KATASUKASHI, for definition see here: https://t.co/qIRzqmbBcr pic.twitter.com/cKLIJeO2UN— SumoSoul 相撲魂 (@TheSumoSoul) January 23, 2021
Day13 jūryō-Commanding win by Takagenji (L) vs Churanoumi. But to me it looks like initial hit to CNU’s forehead is why he was prone at end (anncr suggested late harite but..) Maybe slower, you ok? approach was due to incident a few days ago? No ringside doc hired yet tho (ahem). pic.twitter.com/ryG2gQDAG7— SumoSoul 相撲魂 (@TheSumoSoul) January 23, 2021
A spectacular piece of ice!
Midnight Music: A killer track off Joey Badass’ 2015 debut album, B4Da$$.
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.