Watch a compilation of some of Conor McGregor’s grappling inside the octagon over the course of his UFC career.
The UFC’s lightweight champion Conor McGregor has carved out a reputation for himself over the years as a truly fearsome striker but ever since his UFC 189 win over Team Alpha Male’s Chad Mendes, questions have been raised about his abilities on the mat.
McGregor, who is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown-belt under SBG Ireland’s John Kavanagh was taken down repeatedly by the powerful wrestler Mendes and even though he made virtually no attempt to pass the Irishman’s guard, the damage that the two-time All-American was able to inflict with his elbows was shown on his opponent’s face early on.
Mendes stepped in on short-notice to fight McGregor for an interim-title after his original opponent José Aldo pulled out due to injury but despite the switch up and drastically different stylistic matchup that came with it, Conor was able to pull off the win, knocking his adversary out in the second-round.
Nate Diaz was another who ignited this debate again when he submitted the ‘Notorious One’ in the second round of their matchup at UFC 196, tapping him out with a rear-naked choke after McGregor’s cardio gave out. Diaz was able to swarm Conor as soon as he felt the momentum of the fight changing, forcing the then-featherweight champion to shoot a desperate takedown that Nate was able to easily stuff before mounting him and locking in the beautifully executed choke that shocked the world.
And though questions loom large over his supposed shortcomings on the mat, the video found below is one that highlights some of Conor McGregor’s better moments on the ground, something that might make for an interesting watch if you subscribe to the notion that he is completely out of his depth when the fight hits the floor.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena