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Trainer Expects Conor McGregor’s Hands to ‘Be a Lot Better Than They Were’ Upon UFC Return

If and when Conor McGregor returns to the Octagon, fans can expect a more polished striker than the one who took the lightweight title from Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205.
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Trainer Expects Conor McGregor’s Hands to ‘Be a Lot Better Than They Were’ Upon UFC Return

If and when Conor McGregor returns to the Octagon, fans can expect a more polished striker than the one who took the lightweight title from Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205.
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Coach Kavanagh: McGregor’s hands are better than ever following Mayweather fight

We’re going to see an even deadlier Conor McGregor when he returns to the cage, his coach John Kavanagh promises.

There’s still no date set for when Conor McGregor will return to the Octagon, but his opponents better watch out when he does. According to his head coach John Kavanagh, McGregor is going to be deadlier than ever thanks to the time he spent training for the Floyd Mayweather boxing bout.

“When would an MMA guy have a chance to take six months just to focus on one aspect of MMA?” Kavanagh said during an interview with The Daily Star. “Never is the answer, they’re always trying to work on everything. But when he does return to the Octagon, his hands are going to be a lot better than what they were. And I’m excited to see that.”

Of course, the criticisms with McGregor have never been towards his striking abilities. McGregor’s ground game, on the other hand, has been questioned by a number of people, especially after his rear naked choke loss to Nate Diaz in their first fight. But according to Kavanagh, the striking focus hasn’t hurt Conor’s rolling ability.

“You know, I was rolling with him two weeks ago and I was wondering how his jiu-jitsu would be,” Kavanagh said. “And I was very annoyed that he took my back and choked me. So he hasn’t lost too much there. Of course, he has to tighten up there before he goes to fight in the Octagon again. But he really does love grappling.

“Even in the lead up to the Mayweather fight, he would still kind of ask you about wrestling or jiu-jitsu, and he’d say, ‘hey, look at this’. I know it’s in his head all the time although he wasn’t physically training it. I know mentally he’s still thinking about it.”

Let’s hope he’s also not backsliding in that other area of weakness: cardio, which you could attribute to the majority of troubles he’s had in his combat sports career.

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Robert Whittaker: Georges St. Pierre ‘Looked Slower Than He’s Ever Been’ at UFC 217

Robert Whittaker likes his chances should he face Georges St. Pierre in a middleweight title unification bout somewhere down the road.
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Robert Whittaker believes GSP looked ‘slower than he’s ever been’ at UFC 217

Robert Whittaker isn’t sure he’s really going to fight Georges St-Pierre next. But if he is, he feels confident after what he saw at Madison Square Garden.

According to Dana White, interim middleweight champ Robert Whittaker is next for Georges St-Pierre. But many are wondering whether GSP will actually stay at middleweight, or vacate for fights in weight classes more to his advantage.

St-Pierre’s coach Freddie Roach seemed to imply he wasn’t long for 185, and you can count Whittaker amongst those who doesn’t think he wants to defend his belt.

“He did not sound like he was happy to do that,” Whittaker told the Australian FOX Sports site. “I’m happy to wait. Fighting a legend like that is worth the time. My wants have to go on the back seat a bit for him. He’s a living legend and in respect I’ll do that. But if he’s going to hang around at middleweight we’ll touch gloves eventually. I’m confident.”

And if GSP doesn’t stick around in the weight class?

“If Georges steps down it makes everyone a potential opponent,” Whittaker said.

And while Whittaker has a lot of love for Georges, you can tell he was not impress with his performance.

“To be honest, he looked slower than he’s ever been,” Whittaker declared. “He’s just as crafty. You can see the intelligence is still there. His fight IQ is still there. He obviously hits harder at middleweight. But I hit hard and I hit fast — and much harder and faster than Bisping. And I have much better defense than Bisping. So it looks good.”

Whittaker also has the advantage of being much bigger than Bisping, who already gave St-Pierre problems with his above-welterweight level power.

Is Georges really interested in taking on a massive 185er with a kickboxing pedigree like Robert Whittaker? We’re not so sure. Even if it’s in GSP’s contract that he has to defend the belt, we think it’s more likely that St-Pierre does whatever he wants to add more distinctions and superfights to his record. His legacy is what he’s working on right now, not title defenses. And if the money looks better, we bet the UFC won’t mind either.

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Covington Calls for Title Shot, Says He Beat Maia ‘Way Worse’ Than Champ Woodley

What Colby Covington did to Demian Maia was not totally unlike what Tyron Woodley did to the Brazilian grappling ace some three months earlier. Only Covington believes his performance far surpassed the reigning welterweight king.
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Covington Calls for Title Shot, Says He Beat Maia ‘Way Worse’ Than Champ Woodley

What Colby Covington did to Demian Maia was not totally unlike what Tyron Woodley did to the Brazilian grappling ace some three months earlier. Only Covington believes his performance far surpassed the reigning welterweight king.
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Covington Calls for Title Shot, Says He Beat Maia ‘Way Worse’ Than Champ Woodley

What Colby Covington did to Demian Maia was not totally unlike what Tyron Woodley did to the Brazilian grappling ace some three months earlier. Only Covington believes his performance far surpassed the reigning welterweight king.
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Covington Calls for Title Shot, Says He Beat Maia ‘Way Worse’ Than Champ Woodley

What Colby Covington did to Demian Maia was not totally unlike what Tyron Woodley did to the Brazilian grappling ace some three months earlier. Only Covington believes his performance far surpassed the reigning welterweight king.
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Covington Calls for Title Shot, Says He Beat Maia ‘Way Worse’ Than Champ Woodley

What Colby Covington did to Demian Maia was not totally unlike what Tyron Woodley did to the Brazilian grappling ace some three months earlier. Only Covington believes his performance far surpassed the reigning welterweight king.
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