Famous boxing trainer Freddie Roach - coach to Manny Pacquaio and former UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre - has claimed that Conor McGregor's knockout punch to Jose Aldo owed more to Aldo's lack of experience that any superlative strength on McGregor's part.
Roach was speaking to FightHub TV, and said that McGregor's punch was very common in boxing, and Aldo should have been better able to defend it. Roach praised McGregor's step back before taking the shot and criticised Aldo's reaction:
But if a guy follows you in that straight line, the thing is, it can be very effective. So what he did, he stepped back, but he set himself.
McGregor was in the ready position and as Aldo picked his foot up and came to him, he knocked him out with a shot. I mean, it's a very common shot in boxing, but something you teach your fighters not to make that mistake, of course.
And one thing about the standup of MMA fighters, they don't have a lot of experience with the standup game, so much. And that proved it right there.
He [Aldo] just doesn't have a lot of experience in the standup game and he walked right into a shot. Which has happened a couple of times with the Irish boys. But he is fun, he's exciting, and he can punch.
The trainer is a fan of McGregor, saying that although "talks a good game, he backs it up". Roach also revealed, however, that Georges st Pierre is wary of McGregor's decision to go up in weight class to fight Rafael Dos Anjos may have been premature:
I was just with Georges St-Pierre recently, this week, up in Montreal. George thinks that he maybe shouldn't be moving up in weight so quickly, because he says it might be a different outcome with the bigger weight class, of course.
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