The Coach of the Year nominee has provided a comprehensive breakdown of the lightweight title bout at UFC 196 featuring Conor McGregor and Rafael Dos Anjos.
The sport of MMA can baffle even it’s best exponents. Reams of in-depth analysis of Conor McGregor vs Jose Aldo at UFC 194 was conducted – only for the fight itself to last a full 13 seconds. Leg kicks, stamina and takedown defence didn’t factor into proceedings on the night.
Nonetheless, it’s fascinating to get an insight into what could happen on March 5 from one of the best minds in the game, as McGregor moves up to 155lbs. to face lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos.
Firas Zahabi is the head-coach of Tristar Gym – a gym featuring world-class fighters such as Georges St-Pierre, Rory MacDonald and Miguel Angel Torres – and his take on UFC 196’s main event impressively summarises the possible outcomes.
“The fight can be a blowout either way. Either man can win the fight in round one”, he asserted.
“If it ends in the first round, it’ll be a one-sided affair – if it drags on into the later rounds, it’ll be one-sided – in favour of RDA.”
If it gets that far, it’ll be because the “death touch” of McGregor’s dangerous left hand isn’t working. Zahabi outlined why it mightn’t work.
“We’ve seen RDA trash the lead leg of southpaws before. We saw his strong ability to strike with knees in the clinch against Donald Cerrone. Conor is a much better puncher than RDA, but the stance of McGregor may very badly clash with the low and body kicks of RDA.”
After seeing his compatriot Aldo get knocked out, Zahabi believes that Dos Anjos is likely going to be more cautious about approaching McGregor, and won’t go charging in, as some think he may due to the Irishman’s antagonistic antics. Which is a pre-requisite if Dos Anjos is to win.
“If RDA is reckless or overly aggressive, he’s gonna get knocked out – bad.”
The full analysis can be seen below via Tristar Gym‘s YouTube channel, and is well worth your time.