Quote: Conor McGregor Is ‘Very Good’ At Grappling
Conor McGregor has garnered some praise from a top-ranked UFC welterweight contender.
McGregor is scheduled to be back in action on January 23. He’ll go one-on-one with Dustin Poirier in a rematch. It’ll headline UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi.
While McGregor is revered for his striking, some have been critical of his grappling ability. Gilbert Burns feels that criticism is unwarranted.
Here’s what Burns had to say about McGregor’s ground skills in a recent video on his YouTube channel (via Middle Easy).
“He’s good. People think he’s very bad, but he’s very good. People don’t remember he swept Nate Diaz in their first fight. I think he’s very underrated. People say ‘All you have to do is take him down.’ First of all, when the guy controls the distance like Conor, it’s not easy to take the guy down.
“Another thing that people don’t realize is those guys that kick a lot, they develop a lot of power in their hips. So those hips are very flexible and very strong. It’s that type of flexibility and strength that is the same one that you use to defend the takedowns. The point is, Conor’s jiu-jitsu is not bad. People underestimate that, but he is a good grappler the way I see. For sure, he’s not a grappler. It’s not his natural thing, but for sure he’s put a lot of focus on that.”
Burns is expected to challenge Kamaru Usman for the UFC Welterweight Championship on February 13. The title fight would headline UFC 258.