Former Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping Concerned Over Conor Mcgregor’s Grappling Training For UFC 229
We are unsure if former two-division champion Conor McGregor will be able to tackle undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov’s takedowns when they meet inside the Octagon on October 6th, and former UFC middleweight champion, sports analysts and commentator Michael Bisping is a bit concerned over that.
After going through Irishman’s social media posts, Bisping questions why there are no video or pictures of Mcgregor training with world-class ‘hardcore wrestlers’ in preparation for his upcoming title fight.
“The thing that concerns me if I’m pro-McGregor is that when I look at his social media and then his coach John Kavanagh, when you look at his social media, and you look at what’s happening in the gym you don’t see a lot of big hardcore wrestlers that they’ve brought in specifically for this training camp,” Michael Bisping said on a recent episode of the Believe You Me podcast (via BloodyElbow). “I’m not seeing that. I don’t see a lot of jiu-jitsu experts, I don’t see Dillon Danis in there, I don’t see these Russians that they’ve brought in. Now as I said, they might have brought in some Bulgarians or some Russians, or some American wrestlers but I don’t see it.”
Well, Bisping’s concern is valid, as we don’t see much of training videos, but it’s worth noting that his training partner and grappling specialist Dillon Danis does appear to help McGregor prepare for the hardest fight of his career.
Also, some of Mcgregor’s post shown he has been training with other high-level grapplers like Ayub Magomadov and Kosti Gnusariov.
With that said, not many grapplers are at the level of ‘The Eagle’, who is considered as one of the best wrestlers in the MMA now. Khabib who defeated a majority of his opponents inside the Octagon through his relentless and overwhelming pace. Not long ago, Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father said ‘no one’ can help McGregor improve his wrestling in time for UFC 229.
Do you think Conor Mcgregor will adequately train for Khabib Nurmagomedov’s grappling?