On December 18th, Conor McGregor steps up to the welterweight division for the third time in his career against Donald Cerrone, and one man who knows the welterweight division better than anyone decided to break it down.
“If it’s a quick fight it’s going to be McGregor, if it’s a long fight it’s going to be Cerrone,” former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre said. “It depends, if Cerrone comes and tries to grapple because he’s got a very, very good ground game, his ground game is very underrated. I’ve trained with him before and he’s got a good takedown. He is very explosive to shoot the takedown. People doesn’t know that because he doesn’t use it much – he used it against Patrick Cote – but if he does that to weather the first couple minutes of the storm and McGregor’s powerful left hand, I think he can get it.”
“It depends what will be his approach, what tools he’s gonna use,” St-Pierre said of Cerrone. “I think if he wrestles in round one he has a good chance to win. But if he tries to play a boxing and karate game with McGregor, McGregor will tag him and knock him out.
“It’s hard. The odds are more towards McGregor but Cerrone can pull this off too. It’s at 170 [which gives Cerrone the advantage] but McGregor looks big. I don’t know enough about McGregor, but from what I’ve seen is he is like a sniper,. When you fight a sniper, you need to move, you need change levels, you need change angles, change distance, and I don’t know if Cerrone will do that because he’s known to be a very slow starter as usual, so if he does that, if he doesn’t start right away hard with the speed he is going to get caught.”