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Never-before-seen footage of Conor McGregor utilising shoulder strikes in training like he did to beat Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 has emerged online.
McGregor made a sensational return to the UFC by stopping 'Cowboy' in 40 seconds.
He busted up Cerrone by striking him with his shoulder in a unique move, before stopping him on the ground.
And it appears the Irishman has been practicing his shoulder strikes in training after a clip surfaced on social media of the fighter using the move in sparring.
Training footage from 2013 shows @TheNotoriousMMA utilizing shoulder strikes, like he did against Cowboy at #UFC246 :rewind: (via @Pendred) pic.twitter.com/8fc8PE7ay8
- ESPN MMA (@espnmma) January 22, 2020
The video shows McGregor hitting former teammate Cathal Pendred with a shoulder strike back in 2013, the year he made his UFC debut.
Speaking after his triumphant UFC comeback, McGregor spoke about the shoulder strikes which badly hurt Cerrone.
"I've been banging people with the shoulder for a while now," he explained to BT Sport. "I caught him off guard. I knew because he kind of froze. When I hit the first one I kind of felt like it was a good connection. Yeah, it's a good shot of mine.
"They'll have to say now - they already say, 'Oh he's just got a left hand,'" he added. "They'll have to say I've just got a left shoulder. A left hand and a left shoulder.
"The so-called experts of the game when they breaking down me skill set and saying I'm just a fighter with a left hand. Which is highly disrespectful and uneducated and you'd be surprised that so many of the supposedly knowledgeable people be claiming it as that.
"It's a good shot in the clinch. You can really catch a man. I knew I caught him with the first one off guard and then I caught one or two more and when we separated the eye and the nose was busted. It's a good shot. I've utilized that many a times in the gym."
McGregor picked up his first UFC win since 2016 and the 31-year-old is eyeing fights at lightweight and welterweight with John Kavanagh angling for a clash with Justin Gaethje.
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