Conor McGregor wasted no time firing back at Tristar head-coach Firas Zahabi after he made comments about the blueprint on defeating him.
Speaking during a recent AMA session (via Bloody Elbow), Zahabi used the possibility of a rematch between McGregor and Max Holloway as a foundation to give his take on the weaknesses he feels are present in the Irishman’s game.
“If I had to pick Max Holloway vs. McGregor today, I would pick Max Holloway.
“I think Holloway has grown leaps and bounds since then. In my opinion, Holloway would outpunch him, outwork him. He would do very much what Diaz did, but more. I think McGregor got away with a lot of stuff, like the leg kicks against Diaz, but I don’t think he’ll have that against Holloway.
“Holloway has the same type of output as Diaz, the same kind of chin as Diaz. He’s more athletic than Diaz, he has more variety in his attacks, he has more kicking, kneeing and elbowing, and his chin is just phenomenal.
“So I really think he would take it in the later rounds. I think the blueprint for beating McGregor is more well understood by the roster.”
As we all know, Conor is rarely one to take a comment like that sitting down and in a characteristically sharp verbal attack, he questioned what is it that gives the right to Firas to comment on him as a fighter.
Hey firaz. Young man afraid to get in and fight, himself. Stop talking about me like you know me, you twerp.
You are what age? Why are not in there yourself? Are you not up to it?
You rent dorms and hit a clock for a living.
Shut your pie, kid.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 9, 2019
Zahabi is, of course, one of the most famed minds for the sport in the game and as a long-time mentor to the likes of Georges St-Pierre and Rory MacDonald, he has been achieving success at the top of the best part of a decade.
As of right now, no indication has been given over when we should expect to see McGregor back in action again but it would appear as though he will take a lightweight contender fight before jumping back in there with the man who comprehensively defeated him at UFC 229, Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena