Conor McGregor’s formidable striking power is well illustrated by the 16 stoppages he has scored in 18 professional fights, but recent comments from a certain UFC welterweight, formerly a middleweight are sure to further “The Notorious” Irishman’s destructive reputation.
When a big puncher moves up in weight, be it a boxer or a mixed martial artist, one of the questions that is always asked is – will they carry their power with them?
While Conor McGregor is knocking people loopy at featherweight, it is far from a certainty that he will continue to do so when he makes his inevitable move north, to lightweight.
The old adage might state that “the bigger they are the harder they fall”, but the harsh reality is that it will probably be much harder to make the men of the 155lb division fall.
According to the UFC’s Cathal Pendred, however, Conor and his fans have nothing to worry about.
In a recent interview with our friends at SportsJOE.ie, the notoriously sturdy-chinned Dublin native claimed that the hardest punch he has ever shipped was loaded by his much smaller training partner and Straight Blast Gym teammate.
Given that Pendred has competed some 40lbs(over 18kg) above the magnetic Mac, and has stood up to the best shots from UFC contracted 185 and 170 pounders, this is quite a statement.
Pendred enters is sixth UFC fight, against Tom Breese, on October 24th at the O2 in Dublin.
You can check out Pendred’s interview below.
Courtesy of the SportsJOE You Tube channel.