Huvudtränare till den forne welter- och mellanviktsmästaren Georges St-Pierre, Firas Zahabi, menar att det finns en solid matchstrategi i hur man besegrar den forne lätt- och fjärderviktsmästaren Conor McGregor. Genom en Q&A med Zahabi ger han sin syn på irländaren och ett intressant returmöte. Skulle den nuvarande fjäderviktsmästaren Max Holloway ställas mot McGregor ännu en gång, då tror tränaren att det blir en helt annorlunda historia.
If I had to pick Max Holloway versus McGregor today, I would pick Max Holloway. When they fought the first time, for those of you who don’t know, McGregor won an easy three rounds. McGregor actually outstruck Holloway in the first two rounds and then in the third round, he outgrappled Holloway. In the second or third round, McGregor tore his ACL and decided to go heavy on the grappling and he even showed that he could outgrapple Holloway but that happened a long time ago.
I think Holloway has grown leaps and bounds since then. In my opinion, Holloway would outpunch him, outwork him. He would do very much what Diaz did, but more. I think McGregor got away with a lot of stuff, like the leg kicks against Diaz, but I don’t think he’ll have that against Holloway. Holloway has the same type of output as Diaz, the same kind of chin as Diaz. He’s more athletic than Diaz, he has more variety than Diaz in his attacks, he has more kicking, kneeing and elbowing, and his chin is just phenomenal. So I really think he would take it in the later rounds.
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I think the blueprint for beating McGregor is more well understood by the roster and I think if they fought at 145lbs or 155lbs, I really like Max Holloway now. I like McGregor early, round one or round two, but after that, three, four, five, I think that’s going to belong to Holloway. Even one of the first two rounds could belong to Holloway. I really think Holloway now is in his prime, and it’s going to be very, very difficult to beat him.
Holloway gick sin senaste match och titelförsvar under UFC 231 mot Brian Ortega. En match han vann genom teknisk knockout i rond fyra. Han har i dags dato 13 raka segrar och försvarat sin fjäderviktstitel två gånger.