The transcript below is from the video “Conor McGregor’s New Way To Spar” by MindSmash.

MindSmash (YouTube Channel):

Throughout the evolution of martial arts, you’ve always had different schools debate the best forms of sparring. Variations between soft sparring and hard sparring and which forms would ideally make you the best martial artist for a bout. In this segment we will explore this understanding through Conor McGregor who not too long ago started questioning his hard sparring and has now sought softer approaches which actually worked in favor for his bought versus Donald Cerrone.

MindSmash (YouTube Channel):

That said, in this segment we’ll be taking a glance at a clip from the MacLife to better understand what Conor McGregor is doing along side witness the result: Donald Cerrone’s thought’s on his bout versus Conor McGregor. We will also look into a spar Muay Thai Legend Saenchai had versus a man who did not respect him and went too hard. Thank you for joining me on this breakdown as we take a closer glance.

MindSmash (YouTube Channel):

Hello the MacLife recently posted this – a sparring session in preparation for Donald Cerrone. From what we’ve often heard from Conor McGregor he’s spent much of his career hard sparring, literally having fights in the gym. Basically a bout before having a bout but even he realized that for the longevity of his career alongside overall performance that he needed to incorporate a softer approach to his training.

Conor McGregor:

I had to change my whole training methods into a much softer approach, much more aware of the body, much less damage taken.You want to see the camps I’ve gone through. You know me know that people holed up in hotel rooms waiting for me to call them to come down and have own schedule bouts. They weren’t training sessions, they were bouts. They were bouts with crowds and attendance. We have them filmed and this was in preparation for a bout. Why am I having a bout in preparation for a bout? It makes no sense.

MindSmash (YouTube Channel):

I honestly believe Conor McGregor was able to withstand such a ruthless training regimen in the past because his style emphasizes distance management, forward and evasion on a very very high level. He definitely had less to recover from than his training partners… I think so because that’s usually what happens when there’s a significant skill difference especially when stylistically you’re really good at not getting hit and really good at straight up hitting your opponent. He’s a very skillful and evasive man.That’s one thing but the old-school ideology of training though. It’s definitely more effective at building your mental strength, your senses, your self-awareness because there is no faster way in learning how to swim, than just straight up jumping into the pool, jumping into the water. But of course the risk will be drowning.

MindSmash (YouTube Channel):

I’ve learned that certain parts of the world and of course a lot in the past where there was no stringent testing. Performance enhancers were taken and gyms will not allow you to compete unless you took them. If you don’t have the level of skill and knack for evasion someone like Conor McGregor it would likely be very tempting to not just for the power advantage but just so you could recover from the injuries you would sustain. That said even someone as skilled as Conor McGregor over time of course takes injuries and he would fight through them regardless. A testament to his mental strength. The fact he beat a high level wrestler only on one knee.

Conor McGregor:

Feel like it’s taking me back to when I told the ACL post Mendez Aldo.

MindSmash (YouTube Channel):

He picks pretty clearly why Conor McGregor became not only the first double champion but wildly successful in all ventures of his life. If life is 90% mental he has a massive edge, regardless of where he chooses to focus. Here though you can tell he’s clearly holding back. Same with his partner. They’re refining their reactions helping each other grow, but they aren’t messing each other up. Conor isn’t straight up cracking the man. This has become a healthy feasible way to grow, especially because the two likely know what an actual fight looks like. They know what would hurt each other and what would not there isn’t ego this is just humble self development. The two just help each other. When you start off in sparring you know this is very rare, instead of trying to refine their sense… the narrative is I must win, it’s not I must develop. I must improve to get better, I must crush.

MindSmash (YouTube Channel):

I must win. Without self-awareness light sparring is very difficult. It’s usually those who have experienced hard sparring straight up fighting who have the awareness to know they’ve been clipped with something good. It’s a double-edged sword. One version makes you so self-aware and refines you mentally, so quickly, so strong that it has to have a cost at the end of it. And that cost is often some degree of physical longevity. Only the strongest survive in that environment and that’s also double-edged because you kind of run out of sparring partners in that sense you have to keep finding your sparring partners. The other one though, if you aren’t self-aware can look like a fight. Or become a one-sided hard sparring session from a lack of respect and self-awareness.

Georges St-Pierre:

Jean Charles Skarbowsky, he is a different human being. He is like more… I don’t know what you call that in English, he is a freethinker. He’s that kind of guy you spar… if you spar with him, you respect him, he’s going to respect you. I’ve seen some guy try to prove a point with him and try to go hard in Muay Thai, he’s gonna knock you out cold. He is a character. Okay.

MindSmash (YouTube Channel):

That’s the key respect and developing self-awareness which is true in both cases. That is what we see here, two self-aware individuals were respectfully trying to grow. Both forms are important in varying degrees depending on the individual and what they need. But when self-awareness is established and respect is established this form of sparring makes a lot of sense. There was a body kick Connor could have connected hard with but he held back. Uppercuts he could have chinned with, but he didn’t. He may very well still be having straight up bouts in his gym but this for sure is a long term strategy in development.

Donald Cerrone:

When he [McGregor] came at me and ran with that big shot and I shot in, I hit his hip bone. That’s what started the whole … then I grabbed a hold of him just to get my bearings back and he did the jumping shoulder slam which just compounded the fog in my brain and then I let go and he head kicked me. So there was no time to regroup. From the first second of the fight to when he ended it, I couldn’t even get my bearings back.

MindSmash (YouTube Channel):

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