Conor McGregor’s stoppage win over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 was so dominant, it even featured the Irish star putting his hands behind his back. But, according to his head coach John Kavanagh, the move wasn’t just a way to get in Alvarez’s head.
McGregor floored Alvarez with a booming left not long into the November 12th bout, and as a result, the latter wasn’t ever really able to launch much offense. McGregor continued to tag Alvarez with heavy punches, and as noted, he even put his hands behind his back at one juncture of the one sided fight. McGregor went on to finish Alvarez in round two and secured the lightweight title in doing so.
Well, recently Kavanagh appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and he was asked about McGregor’s jaw dropping move. The Straight Blast Gym founder noted McGregor had hurt his right hand during his win over Nate Diaz in August, and then reported (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“He found that if he actually held his right hand behind his back, it kind of reminded him not to throw it as much,” Kavanagh said. “That’s why he started reaching back and actually grabbing his hand.
“It was almost like a mental note: take care of the right hand.”
Interesting. Yes, Kavanagh also said that the move is way to draw an opponent in and to get them to throw at your head. The tweet below from McGregor’s teammate Artem Lobov also shows the champ taking “care” of the right hand.
— Artem Lobov (@RusHammerMMA) November 13, 2016