Conor McGregor is a phenomena in the MMA world, and as a brand he’s arguably bigger than the UFC itself. After an electrifying string of fights that saw him holding two weight division world championship belts at the same time, Conor is currently on sabbatical and trying to work up a money fight with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather. So, while Conor McGregor is out of action it’s time to reflect on what a Kung Fu student can learn from this modern day master of the martial arts.
While the early days of MMA frequently looked more like a barroom brawl than a martial arts contest, Conor McGregor is part of a new generation of fighters and has an almost balletic grace to his movement. He relies on timing, distance and technique to deliver perfect wheel kicks, side kicks and a straight left to die for. Let’s look at his abilities in four key areas: distance, timing, kicks and attitude.