Since tapping out to Nate Diaz at UFC196, Conor 'The Notorious' McGregor has came under a lot of criticism for his ground game. The first round was arguably won by McGregor, but the featherweight champ gassed himself out early in the second by overloading on each left uppercut.
Although well known for his stand up and striking capabilities, McGregor is yet to convince critics of his wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu skills. There was a lot of talk before his fight with Stockton native Diaz about his Jiu-Jitsu skills, with Diaz himself being a BJJ black belt. Ultimately, Diaz submitted the champ in the second round in a win that shook up the promotion and portrayed the devastating skills of BJJ.
McGregor v Diaz 2 looks set to be the headline event for UFC200, taking place on July 9. With only a few months to scratch up on his ground game and BJJ skills, McGregor faces another tough challenge taking on the 30 year old Diaz at welterweight once again. Thankfully, it looks like he may have some help.
Step forward BJJ legend Eddie Bravo. Speaking to MMA Junkie Radio, the 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu owner extended a helping hand to the Irishman.
We have hung out a couple times, and he’s been to my school [10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu] once, but we’ve never talked about working together.
I would definitely work with him. (But) these fighters, at this level, they’ve got their team - their wrestling coach, striking coach, their jiu-jitsu coach.
A third degree black belt under Jean-Jacques Machado, Bravo made it clear that although he was offering to help with McGregor's ground game, he didn't want to cause any rifts inside the champs camp.
If someone tries to learn stuff from another coach, the team kind of gets hurt and it causes some tension and peoples’ feelings get hurt. Sometimes, it’s better for the camp to keep it nice and tranquil to not mess around and work with other trainers.
I don’t want to cause any problems and make a public offer to work with Conor or anything. But I would if he came to me - I definitely would.
Although even if McGregor does decide to work with Bravo, it may still prove to be to soon. As we mentioned above, UFC200 is scheduled for 9 July, a mere 4 months away. Even Eddie Bravo feels the time period is to short to properly prepare.
My style isn’t something you can come by for a couple of days and pick up some stuff. My style, you’ve got to make it a lifestyle to make it work. It takes a while.
UFC200 is yet to be confirmed, but it already thought to be verbally agreed between both camps that McGregor and Diaz will face off once again at welterweight. In what is set to be one of the biggest nights in the promotions history, McGregor will look to avenge his defeat at UFC196, while Diaz will look to completely dismantle the McGregor hype train once and for all.