In case you missed it, Conor McGregor’s signature shoulder warm-up became a bit of a viral sensation between boxers earlier this week.
The ‘McGregor Challenge’ hashtag showed a number of fighters, and members of the public, attempting the Irishman’s unique shoulder roll as he builds up to his mega fight against Floyd Mayweather.
You know the one:
Dangerous noodle is what we shall call this technique pic.twitter.com/wCsrzwLeTe
— Andreas Hale (@AndreasHale) August 11, 2017
It makes me feel a bit weird. Seasick, or something. Anyway, if you think McGregor’s ‘spaghetti arms’ are good, check out David Haye’s:
Everyone in the gym was doing their best Conor McGregor impression today, I think I won. Let’s hope his fight v Mayweather is entertaining🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/1uvFrYaviL
— David Haye (@mrdavidhaye) August 15, 2017
Terence Crawford also gave it a blast:
Terence Crawford doing the McGregor warm up 😂 pic.twitter.com/POzyOgNUzE
— BoxingTipster (@AgainstTRopes) August 14, 2017
Now, McGregor has spoken out about the move, and, naturally, he doesn’t give a fuck what anyone else thinks.
He said: “I’ve seen some videos but it is what it is. It’s light-hearted, I don’t take it personally. If anything I see stiffness in every single one of them.
“You must have the limbs free. Your shoulders must be disconnected. You must have the ability to disconnect your shoulder and reconnect it at the point of impact. That skill set is how you change a jab to a hook in the blink of an eye or a jab to an uppercut in the blink of an eye.
Bag work. pic.twitter.com/0SAPCku30C
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) August 11, 2017
Credit: Twitter/Ariel Helwani
“It’s the same thing with hip flexors with kicks. If I throw a teep, a front kick, to your midsection and I’m tight in the hips and can’t free the legs like I can free my shoulders, like I showed with one of many training methods of how to free the shoulders, if I can do that with my hip flexors then I can change the point of impact from the belly and switch it up to the head in a millisecond.
“These are age old training methods. That shoulder training method that you saw was made very popular by the great Rickson Gracie, one of the pioneers of mixed martial arts. It’s a shoulder-loosening exercise. It gets the shoulders warmed up but you’ve got to do it correctly.
“I saw David Haye hit pads with it but you can’t hit pads when the shoulder’s disconnected. You hit when the shoulder is disconnected and you’ll do serious damage to yourself.
“And David Haye is a man who has pulled out of contests with a sore baby toe so he must be careful with the way he hits pads.
“It is what it is. We will educate as we go forward. It’s a marathon and not a sprint.”
So, that’s you told, Haye.
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