Conor McGregor many displays of eccentricity, he warms up by flailing his arms erratically, known as ‘spaghetti shoulders’.
‘The Notorious’ 29-year-old has defended his ‘age old’ warm up after he caught the eye of the boxing world last Friday while training in front of the media in Las Vegas.
McGregor, who is about to part-take in one of the most lucrative boxing matches of all time against Floyd Mayweather, has not been phased by the likes of David Haye and Terence Crawford mocking him in parody videos.
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Here’s some footage of his strange warm up…
Speaking on a conference call on Wednesday, according to nine.com, McGregor said:
I’ve seen some videos but it is what it is. It’s light-hearted, I don’t take it personally. If anything I see stiffness in every single one of them.
You must have the limbs free, your shoulders must be disconnected and you must have the ability to disconnect your shoulder and reconnect it at the point of impact.
That skill set is how you change a jab to a hook in the blink of an eye or a jab to an uppercut in the blink of an eye.
Everyone in the gym was doing their best Conor McGregor impression today, I think I won. Let's hope his fight v Mayweather is entertaining?? pic.twitter.com/1uvFrYaviL
— David Haye (@mrdavidhaye) August 15, 2017
It’s the same thing with hip flexors with kicks. If I throw a teep, a front kick, to your midsection and I’m tight in the hips and can’t free the legs like I can free my shoulders, like I showed with one of many training methods of how to free the shoulders, if I can do that with my hip flexors then I can change the point of impact from the belly and switch it up to the head in a millisecond.
These are age old training methods. That shoulder training method you saw was made very popular by the great Rickson Gracie, one of the pioneers of mixed martial arts.
It’s a shoulder-loosening exercise – it gets the shoulders warmed up but you’ve got to do it correctly.
Terence Crawford doing the McGregor warm up ? pic.twitter.com/POzyOgNUzE
— Against The Ropes (@ATRboxinguk) August 14, 2017
Hilariously, McGregor actually criticised David Haye’s video, saying he shouldn’t have hit the pads when his shoulder is disconnected, making the cutting comment, ‘David Haye is a man who has pulled out of contests with a sore baby toe so he must be careful with the way he hits the pads.’
The fight is only nine days away now and while McGregor is expected to net around £58m, it pales in comparison to his rival’s expected £77m.
Either way, they both win don’t they…