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During the build-up to the main event, both Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez have said that each other's success is just boiled down to their respective dominant hands: McGregor's left, Alvarez's right.

Alvarez and coach Mark Henry have specifically zeroed in on one of McGregor's preferred hooks, especially effective against orthodox fighters.

"To me, he's just a left hand. He's just a guy with a left hand. That's how I see him. He does something that we call a ‘rock back' well. Mayweather does it. A lot of Philly fighters do it. [McGregor] lives and breathes off it," Alvarez said on the MMA Roasted podcast. "A lot of MMA guys don't know about these boxing things that they do. This is a move that's very easily taken away and we're going to dominate every step of the way."

So, what exactly is a 'rock back' hook?

While rampant in both Nate Diaz fights, the best example would be the punch that knocked out former featherweight king, Jose Aldo. Although, a similar punch would earn him his lightweight title.

However, if you're a person that needs something explained step-by-step, luckily has an exclusive here on this same 'rock back' hook and some nice striking basics that's just good knowledge for anyone.

Watch Kings MMA's striking coach Kory Kelly break down McGregor's hook and Alvarez's counter.


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