The main event of UFC 257 has succeeded in shocking everyone by the way Dustin Poirier KOd Conor McGregor. McGregor who seemed to be in the best shape of his life got inside the octagon as the favorite fighter. But, still Poirier managed to knockout his former opponent and avenge his 6 1/2-year loss.
The Notorious himself handled the loss with class and honestly admitted that he failed to check those devastating calf kicks thrown by Poirier. But, many can’t get over the fact that their idol got knocked out for the first time in his career. Some of them are blaming a lack of Conor’s charisma during the build-up of the fight. And others have even went to the extent of blaming his camp for his loss. According to them, McGregor’s camp failed him. But is it true that it was indeed McGRegor’s training camp that was to blame? Retired MMA fighter and one of the legends of this sport Chael Sonnen answers this question in his latest video.
Check out what he’s got to say about the role of McGregor’s training camp in his defeat to Poirier:
“How important is a training camp? And let me tell you as a guy who’s been through. Let me speak, let me condescend to you. But, I don’t say it to be a jerk. Let me condescend to you because you haven’t. They are not very important at all.
The greats are prepared all the time. The greats who go on to do great things and extend their career are ready any day of the week. They just do something called peaking. They will be even more ready, they will be more fresh, more prepared and more locked in on gameday when they know when gameday is.”
Chael Sonnen Further Supports His Take On The Importance Of A Training Camp By Citing An Example Of Other Sport
Sonnen further gave an example of NFL quarterback Tom Brady who is always prepared to adapt with respect to the opposition he’s about to face.
“Tom Brady does not have the advantage of peaking. He’s got to play on any given Sunday against whoever steps out there. Once that team steps out there during live action, somebody could be hurt, pulled and anew guy comes in off of the bench that he never planned for.” Sonnen said praising Brady’s adaptability.
According to Chael Sonnen, the real reason McGregor lost was his inability to adapt against Poirier. It has got nothing to do with his training camp. While putting his point forward, he even referred MMA fighters as fake tough guys because of their tendency to make excuses after losing a fight. Being an MMA fighter himself, Sonnen’s opinion on this topic seems to be very interesting- even more after he blamed the cage fighters’ inability to adapt against their opponents.
So, what do you think- does McGregor’s training camp has anything to do with his defeat against The Diamond? Let us know in the comments.