Can Donald Cerrone beat Conor McGregor? Of course, the McGregor fanboys believe that he is invincible. But Cerrone at welterweight is a different proposition to the 155lb version. He should be more durable and offers a fascinating striking match-up to ‘The Notorious.’
The pair will fight in the main event of UFC 246 in the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas. Of course, McGregor is the betting favorite. But Cerrone’s coach Jafari Vanier believes that the Irishman only has one trick. He’s talking about that vaunted left-hand.
If Cerrone can nullify that then he’s on the right course to win the fight of his life. Of course, only time will tell if he can achieve this.
Vanier believes that McGregor is a one-trick pony. He pointed to the fact that he over relies on the knockout power of his left hand. If you take the Irishman deep into the fight then he tends to gas out. That has happened twice at welterweight against Nate Diaz. However, it’s worth mentioning that he rallied against the Stockton fighter to take a decision in their rematch.
“We just have to worry about a left hand and that first round, him coming out on fire,” Vanier told Amazon. “You’ve never really seen ‘Cowboy’ ever gas. After the first round, round and a half, Conor fades. There’s not a lot of pop on that left hand anymore. Footwork goes down, his hands are heavy. These are things that you can watch and see so these are no secret to what’s going on.”
The wrestling coach thinks that Cerrone will have the ability to take advantage of McGregor’s weaknesses. He acknowledges that the first round will be dangerous, but after that, he feels that Cerrone will have the upper hand. Only time will tell whether or not his words are true. Vanier said:
“For us, it’s just a matter of capitalizing on those things. Making sure we’re very aware; eyes open in that first round, stay away from that left hand. We stay away from that left hand, it’s going to be a short night.”
Jan 1st, last heavy spar today before going to Vegas. Can honestly say this is the best i've seen him and i wasn't sure that was possible to do 6 months ago. You guys are in for a real treat, i'm just glad to have a good seat! #UFC246
— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) January 1, 2020
According to SBG Ireland head coach John Kavanagh, McGregor is in the shape of his life. Of course, Kavanagh is always going to say that about the man he is preparing to fight. But the lack of media engagement suggests that McGregor has renewed focus. He’ll need it because ‘Cowboy’ is no walk in the park for anybody. Kavanagh tweeted:
“Jan 1st, last heavy spar today before going to Vegas. Can honestly say this is the best i’ve seen him and i wasn’t sure that was possible to do 6 months ago. You guys are in for a real treat, i’m just glad to have a good seat! #UFC246.”
Only time will tell whether or not Kavanagh is telling the truth. But you can be sure millions of people will be tuned in to watch this fight go down. As divisive as McGregor is, there’s no doubt that he’s one of the most watchable athletes on the planet. Even if you just want to see him lose.