Conor McGregor’s secret fighting technique you may not have known about
Handfighting is most often thought of when talking about grappling exchanges on the ground but it can also be used similarly in striking too albeit in a slightly different way.
While grabbing the gloves of your opponent is technically illegal according to the Unified Rules of MMA, grabbing the hand itself is not and there’s one particular fighter who uses this technique quite well, UFC superstar Conor McGregor
Unless you yourself are a competitor or student of the fight game, you probably never noticed this subtle trick that quite literally takes away one of your opponent’s weapons and limits which side punches are coming from.
This can obviously help both defensively and offensively as well as in the countering department which McGregor is quite adept in.
Upon first glance during McGregor’s fights, it simply looks like he is extending the open hand to gauge the distance and to keep his opponents at bay like many fighters tend to do.
However, what we see in this video (that includes some footage as well as an interview with McGregor’s trainer John Kavanagh), is that McGregor is doing something a little different and is actually trapping one of his opponent’s hands.
Check out the video below and see for yourself how he does it.
Conor Anthony McGregor (born 14 July 1988) is an Irish professional mixed martial artist and boxer. McGregor is the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion and former featherweight champion. McGregor has also competed as a welterweight in mixed martial arts (MMA), and light middleweight in boxing. McGregor is 2nd on the UFC’s pound for pound rankings. McGregor is the only fighter to be champion in two UFC divisions simultaneously: he defeated long time featherweight champion José Aldo at UFC 194 in 13 seconds, which is the fastest UFC title fight victory, and won the UFC lightweight belt against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205. McGregor began his professional boxing career in 2017. In his debut boxing match, he was defeated by Floyd Mayweather Jr. via technical knockout. [Source: Wiki]