Georges St-Pierre has broken down exactly how Donald Cerrone can avoid being knocked out by Conor McGregor when the two face each other at UFC 246.
Donald Cerrone will take on Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 246 on January 18 in Las Vegas.
This will be McGregor's first fight to kick off his climb back into the UFC Lightweight title picture, and his first fight since he lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov in November 2018.
Notorious is the overwhelming favourite in this fight, but St-Pierre believes there's a way for The Cowboy to win this battle.
Speaking to Tristar Gym on their YouTube channel, via BJPenn.com, GSP said if Cerrone can weather the first couple of minutes against McGregor's left hand, he has a chance to win the fight.
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He said: “If it’s a quick fight it’s going to be McGregor. If it’s a long fight it’s going to be Cerrone.
“[It] depends if Cerrone comes and tries to grapple because he has a very good ground game, his ground game is very underrated. I’ve trained with him before, he has good takedown. He is very explosive to shoot the takedown.
“People don’t know that because he doesn’t use it much. He used it against Patrick Cote. If he does that, to weather the first couple minutes of the storm and McGregor’s powerful left hand, I think he can get it.”
St-Pierre says The Cowboy can win this fight if he makes it a wrestling bout. However, if it turns into a stand-up battle, he believes McGregor will score a knockout.
GSP said: “I think if he wrestles in round one he has a good chance to win. But, if he tries to play a boxing and karate game with McGregor, McGregor will knock him out… It’s hard.
"The odds are more towards McGregor. Cerrone can pull this off too. It’s at 170, [it’s] Cerrone [advantage] I think.
“McGregor looks big. I don’t know enough about McGregor. But, from what I’ve seen is he is like a sniper. When you fight a sniper, you need to move, you need change levels, you need change angles, change [the] distance and I don’t know if Cerrone will do that.
"He is known to be a slow starter as usual, so if he doesn’t start right away hard with the speed he is going to get caught.”News Now - Sport News