People tied to Conor McGregor’s camp have argued that the lightweight champ’s ground game is high level, but evidently Anderson Silva doesn’t agree with that assessment.
Prior to McGregor’s first bout with Nate Diaz last March, many questioned the jiu-jitsu skills of the Irish star. Since McGregor lost via submission to Diaz at UFC 196, the consensus became that indeed, the feared striker needed to round out his game.
Since that defeat, McGregor has reportedly spent a lot of time training on the mats, and he also brought in Marcelo Garcia black belt, Dillon Danis as one of his coaches. But, in McGregor’s follow up, decision win over Diaz, and his dominant, stoppage of Eddie Alvarez, his ground game wasn’t really tested.
Well, recently Silva was asked about McGregor, during an appearance on the Combate News TV show. Here is some of what “The Spider” reportedly had to say about McGregor (quote via MMA Fighting):
“He has flaws. We all have flaws. And his flaws are clear,” Silva said. “He defends well, but he doesn’t have jiu-jitsu. The main thing is that he uses his movement and his opponent’s movement in his advantage.
“He never puts himself in uncomfortable positions. Everyone who fought him put themselves in uncomfortable positions and weren’t able to get back to comfortable positions again.”
Will either Tony Ferguson or Khabib Nurmagomedov be the guys to test McGregor’s jiu-jitsu skills now? We shall see.