The most anticipated combat sports event of the century is finally completed as Floyd Mayweather emerged victorious over UFC star Conor McGregor at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
There has been plenty of commentary since Mayweather won by technical knockout in the tenth round of the fight much which has revolved around the fitness of the 29-year-old Irishman.
McGregor looked out on his feet from the middle rounds onwards as Mayweather increased the pressure on his opponent which eventually culminated in a 10th round stoppage.
Conditioning issues are something which has followed McGregor throughout his UFC career and they reemerged on Saturday night and ‘Money’ took full advantage.
In a post-fight interview given to MacLife.com, McGregor revealed that the effort he was putting into the clinch with Mayweather led to the dramatic drop in his energy levels. It seems that McGregor made a mistake in putting too much emphasis and effort into clinch with yielded little reward when compared to the same situation in an MMA fight.
“When I entered into the clinch, or when he [Mayweather] threw the right hand and I took his back. That’s all energy on my behalf, I’m after putting energy into that. Whereas in an MMA bout, it’s energy that’s going to…you’ve an advanced position, your in a better position now and you can work.
“When I had his back there, if that was an MMA fight, I could stay on his back and continue to keep hitting him. But in a boxing fight, you put the work in to get the back but the referee separates you and resets you again. There was somewhere in the middle of it [fight] where I was like, ‘I’m using all this energy to get to his back and I’m not landing that many blows that are worth it but I’m using a lot of energy.’
“And that’s it, he capitalised on it, he saw my energy dip, kept his hands up, dipped in low..and what can I say…?”
Ultimately, McGregor believes that if he had reached the corner at the end of the tenth round, he would have received a second wind and would have been able to continue, referencing the second Nate Diaz fight as an example.
“…I have this little dip in energy and he capitalised on that dip. I think if the referee had let it go and similar to the Diaz 2 fight, I have that moment, I come through it, I recover and then I get the second wind and I go again.
“I think if I saw the end of the 10th round, I could have came back in for the 11th and 12th.”
For McGregor, he would have learned a lot from this fight and you can be sure he will use this experience to further his MMA career when hopefully we will see him back in the Octagon before the new year.
You can watch the full interview below.