Cruz: Movement drills are the future of MMA

Cruz: Movement drills are the future of MMA

Former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz recently participated in a Periscope and said that movement drills as practiced by Conor McGregor are the future of mixed martial arts.

“People always wonder why he does all these movement drills,” said Cruz, as transcribed by Anton Tabuena for BE. “'What's this guy doing? What's he showing off?', The thing is, that's the future of the sport. That movement, fluidity, having movements in every single position.”

“There's no 'wrong' or 'right' style in this sport, that's what's beautiful about Mixed Martial Arts. There's no wrong way to train for these fights. Like what McGregor is doing. His movement, and the way he moves up and down, the stances that he chooses that look 'goofy', the splits that he does — all that can kind of make it weird (for his opponent) to make reads.”

“When you look at Jose Aldo, it's a traditional style. You can make easier reads on a traditional style than you can on somebody that is moving in different directions, switching on southpaw to conventional, throwing spin kicks, and that sort.”

Dominick Cruz fights T.J. Dillashaw at UFC Fight Night 81 on Jan. 17 in Boston.