Feature | Fitness | Training | Aug 22 2016

The secret behind Conor McGregor’s striking skills

Conor McGregor's first coach, Phil Sutcliffe, speaks to George Gigney about what he taught the UFC star
Conor McGregor
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CONOR MCGREGOR is notoriously good at punching people in the face.

The charismatic Irishman has become a phenomenon in the UFC not only for his larger-than-life character but also his vicious skills inside the octagon – most namely his striking.

The vast majority of McGregor’s UFC wins have come via stoppage from punches – though he outpointed Nate Diaz to gain sweet revenge on Saturday, cutting the American to ribbons in the process – no surprise as Conor developed a solid base as an amateur boxer before he moved into mixed martial arts.