Sunday 17 December 2017

Watch: Conor McGregor put through lighting fast workout by movement guru Ido Portal

Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor

Tom Rooney

Among many, many other flattering titles, Conor McGregor has often referred to himself as a master of movement and, judging by this piece of footage, he might not be overstating the case.

In the immediate aftermath of his 13 second knockout of Jose Aldo at UFC 194, the newly crowned featherweight champion explained a fundamental tenet of his approach to martial arts.

Talking to UFC colour commentator Joe Rogan, Conor McGregor said the following of his perfectly placed left hook: ‘precision beats power and timing beats speed’.

Naturally, thousands upon thousands of t-shirts containing that nugget of wisdom were printed with great haste.

More than a few eyebrows were raised in the lead up to the fight with Aldo as McGregor was seen to be put through a strange repertoire of balletic exercises, with the aid of what looked like a broom handle, by movement coach to the stars Ido Portal.

Yet, the Dubliner has consistently sung the Israeli guru’s praises and enlisted his help again for the ultimately cancelled lightweight title bout with Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC 196.

With Nate Diaz drafted in as a replacement for the injured Dos Anjos, McGregor will still headline a fourth consecutive UFC event. He and Diaz will fight at welterweight (170lbs.), meaning the SBG man will not have to endure a enervating weight cut for the first time in years.

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And, if this footage he posted on Instagram and Twitter (below) is anything to go by, the ‘Notorious’ has been eminently liberated by the ability to compete at his natural size.

Now in Los Angeles, McGregor can fully concentrate on matters of combat without dehydrating or denying himself food. How the 27-year-old fares against Diaz, who enjoys a three inch height advantage and possesses a longer reach by two inches, will be interesting to say the least.

McGregor has never had to navigate an opponent of such dimensions. So, despite being the more refined, explosive fighter, he may have his work cut out in just over a week’s time. If their press conference earlier in the week was anything to go by, McGregor and the irascible Californian should conjure a barnburner.

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