Former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor is all set to return to the Octagon against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone at UFC246, which is set to take place at the T-Mobile Arena on January 18. Georges St-Pierre (GSP) has given his predictions for the fight.
Former welterweight and middleweight champion GSP believes that the Irishmen has a high chance of knocking Cerrone out early in the fight unless he utilizes his wrestling.
Speaking the official youtube channel of TriStar gym, the former champion cited numerous possibilities for the UFC 246 main event.
“If it’s a quick fight it’s going to be McGregor,” Georges St-Pierre said on the TriStar Gym’s YouTube channel. “If it’s a long fight it’s going to be Cerrone.”
“[It] depends if Cerrone comes and tries to grapple because he has a very good ground game, his ground game is very underrated. I’ve trained with him before, he has good takedown. He is very explosive to shoot the takedown,” he explained. “People don’t know that because he doesn’t use it much. He used it against Patrick Cote. If he does that, to weather the first couple minutes of the storm and McGregor’s powerful left hand, I think he can get it.”
Despite all of this, GSP is leaning towards Conor McGregor beating Donald Cerrone.
“I think if he wrestles in round one he has a good chance to win. But, if he tries to play a boxing and karate game with McGregor, McGregor will knock him out… It’s hard. The odds are more towards McGregor. Cerrone can pull this off too. It’s at 170, [it’s] Cerrone [advantage] I think. McGregor looks big. I don’t know enough about McGregor. But, from what I’ve seen is he is like a sniper,” Georges St-Pierre added. “When you fight a sniper, you need to move, you need change levels, you need change angles, change [the] distance and I don’t know if Cerrone will do that. He is known to be a slow starter as usual, so if he doesn’t start right away hard with the speed he is going to get caught.” (H/T – BJPenn.com)
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