I share my opinion that is the same as GSP.
“McGregor has only one real way to win fights. He has to hurt his opponent with his left hand and he has to catch him coming into it.”
No doubt it is an exciting style. But against Khabib who is pretty good at strategy, good enough striking, great wrestling…Khabib had many ways to win the match. So statistically we all felt if Notorious didn’t KO The Eagle within 2 rounds it was over. Mac has never KO-ed anyone past R2.
But we never discounted that opening left hand. The first 180 seconds of a fight against Notorious can be very dangerous for his opponent.
The view changed once R1 ended and we saw McGregor breathing heavily. As Luke Thomas pointed out: McGregor has no second wind unlike say Frankie Edgar.
This was all part of Khabib’s strategy - he even announced it on TV the week of the fight.
Conor went on to connect that left hand later but without his cardio the left hand had no power. And if he can’t hurt Khabib he can’t fight Khabib.
Confusion about whether Khabib would strike or wrestle also resulted in Conor uncharacteristically doing finger reaching with both hands down and eating that powerful right in R2.
As for Khabib. All these Sambo Boxer hybrids are the same. And they all tend to be hard to beat. His ground game is nearly identical to Fedor Emelianenko and that guy went 30 - 0.
After seeing the trash talk and feud go haywire I am hoping the UFC book McGregor against the nearly identical trashtalking master Tony Ferguson that is… if Conor doesn’t disappear or just quit.
He’s never lost this bad. And maybe he doesn’t want to get brain damage when his kid is growing up.
This is also very different to when he blew all his energy against Nate Diaz because he misread Nate’s bleeding face as a chance to finish. This time his opponent declared on TV that he would drain all his stamina and proceeded to do it at will.
Everybody now knows how to beat him. Tony Ferguson even taunted on TV that he can mimic the feat
We shall see.
P.S.: I will say this about Irish fight fans. With some exceptions, a lot of them took the loss in stride. I salute you guys. Don’t like Notorious too much but love his fans.