A lot has been made about the power of #ConorMcGregor's left hand in the build-up to UFC 205, and for good reason. It's the hand he crippled #ChadMendes with to win the interim featherweight title, the hand that he flattened #JoseAldo with in just 13 seconds to win the outright featherweight title, and the hand that, according to McGregor himself, will be used to "rearrange his facial structure" of #EddieAlvarez on Saturday night.
But while the world has largely been preoccupied with how McGregor will impose his will against Alvarez while avoiding the lightweight champion's takedowns, significantly less attention has been paid to the skills that "The Underground King" possesses in the stand-up department. It was Alvarez's hands and feet, after all, that saw him dispatch the likes of Roger Huerta, Shinya Aoki, and Patricky Freire over the course of his Bellator career, so while McGregor has routinely dismissed Alvarez as "a stuffed wrestler with an overhand right," the truth is that he has far more tools in his striking arsenal than that.
Thankfully, King's MMA striking coach Kory Kelly is here to break down one of Alvarez's go-to techniques: the "lazy double jab to high kick."
How does the lazy double jab to high kick work?
It's pretty self-explanatory, really. As he did against Patricky Freire at Bellator 76, Alvarez employs his jab not so much as an offensive weapon, but as a means to gauge the distance between himself and his opponent and to measure how his opponent reacts to it. In Freire's case, Alvarez used the double jab to back him against the fence and force him to circle off, and when he did, Alvarez launched a devastating high kick to end the fight right then and there. The beauty is in its simplicity.
Watch Kelly's break down of Alvarez's double jab-high kick combo below, and make sure to check out his analysis of McGregor's "rock back hook" while you're at it.