Olympic Gold Medalist Jordan Burroughs In Dublin For Conor McGregor Camp
UFC 229’s title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor is set to be an absolute cracker. Despite widespread publicity that this fight will be a classic ‘striker vs wrestler’ affair, it needs to be pointed out that both fighters need to be apt at both to reach the points in their respective careers that they have. McGregor may lead significantly toward striking, and Khabib toward wrestling, but both have displayed the ability to hold their own on the ground or on their feet over the years.
In fact, those who say that McGregor can’t get it done on the ground forget that he has been coached by Sergey Pikulskiy since 2008. The Moldovan wrestling champ is known for seriously tough training techniques in order to put his charges through their paces. And whilst McGregor’s striking game may be far superior to Khabib’s, he is no slouch on the ground.
But in the bid to gain that little bit extra over his opponent, McGregor has added another valuable weapon to his arsenal. That being the introduction of American wrestling Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs. The 30-year-old is a two-time NCAA Division I national champion, and a five-time world and Olympic champion. So if Conor needs practice on the ground, this is where he will get the best practice money can buy!
Let’s hope we don’t have a repeat of what happened last year when Paulie Malignaggi and McGregor descended into a social media feud over a knock-down in sparring practice that Malignaggi strongly denies was a legitimate knockdown. The headline of ‘Conor Pins Burroughs’ seems a little less likely to occur.
The news was broken by Mario Saunders, an MMA insider who tweeted:
“Gold Medalist #JordanBurroughs has touched down in #Dublin to train @TheNotoriousMMA for his upcoming bout with @TeamKhabib. Multiple sources have confirmed from inside Conor’s camp and the UFC.”
Those who jump on McGregor for lacking in the wrestling department include fellow fighter Frankie Edgar:
“I’m sure he’s working on it (Wrestling). He better be. The UFC hired [Olympic gold medalist] Jordan Burroughs to be his wrestling coach. He knows that’s his weakness. It’s not something you learn overnight, especially wrestling. It’s a feel-type of sport, takes time. It is kind of weird that the UFC is paying for this, they don’t do this for everyone.”
Check out some of the wrestling champion’s action on the player below.
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