If there is a frequent criticism of Conor McGregor in terms of his general fighting game, this has always been his conditioning. It is also something that he himself admitted after his boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. a year ago, explaining that it was a "patch of fatigue" he usually encountered, even during his two battles against Nate Diaz in 2016.
But according to Chael Sonnen, the problem could be more to deal with being in a stressful environment such as a prizefight than a conditioning issue.
"There is a story about his conditioning, and that was largely due to his fight with Nate Diaz, where Conor said:" I got no more energy, "said Sonnen during a recent episode of his Beyond the Fight Podcast. "He said that."
"I just do not know that this was a correct assessment, which means that Conor was in bad shape, or that you also had to look at the intangible assets he was surprised of, so if you have an adrenaline rush or a kind of frustration, will cause some stress, which will cause fatigue, and he was also two weight classes. & # 39;
Sonnen adds that McGregor's own statements may have led to the development of that perspective on his lack of conditioning.
"Although Conor helped to add fuel to the fire that was:" I did not have enough energy, which created a false story – which I believe is a false story – that it has cardio and lung problems, "Sonnen said. I do not think that's true. "
As far as the upcoming McGregor title fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov is concerned, Sonnen concluded that it will all depend on who can dictate the pace rather than being able to use their best weapons.
"I think so many of us are talking about if Conor can land on the left, or Khabib can land the takedown," Sonnen explained. "But it is usually an elusive."
"It's never about who – very rarely – is about who is technically more competent, who is more dynamic, who is more explosive, and they all have a small piece of the pie, but it is generally an elusive one. Generally, if you have to get ready for a fight, outside of that lucky blow or submission, you have to plan for a worst case scenario, namely to be there all night. "
Khabib and McGregor will be UFC 229 on October 6th in Las Vegas.