Conor McGregor Touts Himself As The Best Ground And Pound Artist In MMA Today

    ByRoss Markey

    Feb 16, 2022
    Conor McGregor

    There have been countless prolific ground and pound artists over the years, and innovators since the inception of professional mixed martial arts, however, former undisputed UFC lightweight and featherweight kingpin, ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor has claimed he is the best artist in that area of the sport today.

    McGregor, a former two-weight champion under the UFC’s banner, last featured professionally back in July at UFC 264, suffering a second straight career defeat against former interim 155lbs champion, Dustin Poirier.

    Headlining the T-Mobile Arena event, McGregor fractured his left tibia with just seconds remaining in the first frame, resulting in a doctor’s stoppage TKO defeat against the Lafayette puncher and American Top Team staple.

    The 33-year-old took main event status against Poirier on ‘Fight Island’ back in January of last year, suffering the first knockout loss of his professional career courtesy of a second round barrage at the fence against Poirier in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

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    Without a victory since January the year prior, the Crumlin native had headlined in a welterweight affair against former lightweight title chaser and sport veteran, Donald Cerrone, stopping the future Hall of Fame inductee with a 40-second knockout via a high kick and subsequent ground strikes.

    And while reflecting on his winning and knockout rate in his professional career, McGregor labelled himself as the best ground strikes artist in the sport currently competing today.

    “I’ve the best ground and pound in the game,” Conor McGregor posted on Instagram. “My higher % (percentage) of finishes does not actually come from my standing horizontal back hand, like most assume. My highest % of finishing wins actually come from the accuracy of my vertical punching (you ae all novices vertical striking. Arm hitters, Ask ref to stop it hitters. Fall o er on yourself hitters). I don’t miss g’n’p (ground and pound). I do not hit arms. I do not fall in. I hit soft face, head and skull.”

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    “It’s how you’ve seen people vs. me absolutely cut up,” Conor McGregor continued. “Looking like they’ve just got a bang of a few golf balls off the tee of a driving range. Skin fully opened. Yet me, skin like butter. Many times I’ve not even messed up my hair. That’s why a lot of these rat bags like to hate. I’m smooth like butter with it. The richest, the baddest, the most unscathed. Anyways rat bags, it’s almost yacht season, or as I like to call it, caramel butter skin season.”

    Whilst yet to book his Octagon return, which is widely expected to take place this summer, McGregor has been linked with a slew of potential opponents, including the likes of past-foes, Nate Diaz, Poirier, as well as the duo of Michael Chandler, and Tony Ferguson.

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