“These featherweights don’t understand. It’s a whole other ball game when they get hit by me” – Conor McGregor after he destroyed Dustin Poirier in less than a round at UFC 178.
The potency of Conor McGregor’s punching power is hard to deny. The Straight Blast Gym fighter has secured 16 of his 18 professional wins via KO/TKO. In his 6 fights since joining the UFC the Dublin native has only been extended the full distance on a single occasion.
Those stats don’t lie.
Yet, as impressive as these numbers are, they may not even tell the whole story.
A couple of months back Cathal Pendred told SportsJoe that nobody has ever hit him harder than his “Notorious” teammate. It was quite a statement considering that Pendred was a fully fledged welterweight, and at one time competed at middleweight. In other words, “The Punisher” has regularly been hit by men who compete between 25 and 40lbs above where McGregor campaigns.
In a recent interview with Paul Dollery of the42, another of Conor’s regular, and larger, sparring partners made a similar claim.
Peter Queally has had flirtations with lightweight throughout his career, but according to Tapology 3 of his last 4 bouts have been up at the 170lb welterweight limit. Yet, despite his size advantage over McGregor, the SBG pro is astounded by the pop in his teammates shots.
“He’s like a middleweight or a light-heavyweight the way he hits”, said Queally. “It’s incredible”.
“As you move down the weight classes, guys might be faster but they don’t have as much power. But Conor is an exception to that”.
“He’s got the speed, the fitness, the stamina and all the attributes you’d associate with a featherweight, but he also has the power of a much, much bigger guy. It has to be felt to be believed”.
It’s a combination of attributes that Queally also believes is going to secure McGregor a definitive and destructive win over Jose Aldo in their featherweight title unification bout at UFC 194.
I expect a really exciting first few minutes in the fight, but then Conor will take over and beat him quite easily, I think, said the Waterford native. I’d say it’ll be a late first-round or early second-round KO. It’ll be over as soon as Conor starts to land his shots.