There's been a lot of skepticism over Conor McGregor's obsession with movement and what the Irishman labels as "freeing the human body". "The Notorious" brought in movement expert Ido Portal to help prepare for Jose Aldo at UFC 189 and the Israeli-born teacher has partnered with McGregor again for UFC 196.
Fans and fighters have criticized McGregor for teaming up with Portal -- Nick Diaz and Nate Diaz think his training is a joke -- but Dominick Cruz, master of footwork and erratic movement, believes it's the secret ingredient to his success.
The UFC bantamweight champion spoke to Luke Thomas of MMA Fighting and Cruz went into detail on McGregor's movement.
"Conor's movement is the key to why he's been doing so well. And the reason why it's been a key is because he sees the basics of everybody else that he's fought is moving on. They're moving in straight lines: forward and back. It's a drag race car. You're dealing with somebody who's making a lot of turns.
He uses the fact that you can only go in a straight line against you. He has all these other options when you basically have to stay in a straight line. How do you beat somebody who can turn, brake on a dime, do all these other things when all you can do is go straight and backwards as fast as possible?"
After a series of injuries almost ended Cruz' career, "The Dominator" returned to form against T.J. Dillashaw at UFC Fight Night 81 to reclaim the bantamweight title. The 30-year-old has been booked for a trilogy fight against longtime rival Urijah Faber at UFC 199 on June 4th.
Conor McGregor will make his welterweight debut against Nate Diaz later tonight at the UFC 196 PPV at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.