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Conor McGregor Is 'Genetically Powerful' Like Mike Tyson, Says Georges St-Pierre’s Former Coach

Conor McGregor Is 'Genetically Powerful' Like Mike Tyson, Says Georges St-Pierre’s Former Coach

Legendary trainer Firas Zahabi has claimed that UFC superstar Conor McGregor has a 'genetic' power like boxing legend Mike Tyson.

McGregor, 31, will make his sensational MMA comeback on 18th January in a welterweight fight with Donald Cerrone at UFC 246.

And Tristar Gym head coach Firas Zahabi, who was the long-time trainer for the legendary Georges St-Pierre, has said that McGregor's left hand is like the "touch of death."

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He told The Joe Rogan Experience: "I think it's partly genetic.

"He's got that left hand, it's the touch of death. That touch of death comes at a cost.

"Where does power come from? Number one on the list is where your muscle is attached to the bone. It's genetic.

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"So, Mike Tyson, he has a powerful left hook not because his coach taught him how to hit a left hook.

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"He could have hit a left hook like that if he had a mediocre trainer."

McGregor has been teasing fans on social media with various posts over his physique ahead of his UFC return.

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But the Irishman's physique has raised concerns with fans over him 'gassing out' in the clash with Cerrone.

Zahabi also pointed to McGregor's blockbuster crossover fight with Floyd Mayweather as an example of where he faced problems the longer the bout went on.

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He explained: "It has to do with the leverage of his bones. McGregor, look at his stats. It's all round one knockout, round two knockout [using] his fast-twitch, high-leverage left hand.

"If you take him into deep waters, his fast-twitch muscle fibers cannot metabolise with Mayweather."

John Kavanagh, who is McGregor's coach, teased that the Irish superstar is at the 'best he has ever seen him.'

And McGregor has wasted no time in reigniting his rivalry with Khabib Nurmagomedov after claiming that the UFC lightweight champ is 'trembling' with fear.

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Topics: Conor Mcgregor, Mike Tyson, UFC News, MMA News, UFC, MMA

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