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Morning Report: Freddie Roach says Conor McGregor caught Jose Aldo with 'very common shot,' showed 'lack of experience'

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Jose Aldo may have been unbeaten for a decade, but that doesn't seem to impress Freddie Roach.

The illustrious boxing coach to names like Manny Pacquiao and former UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre got a chance to see featherweight champion Conor McGregor's 13-second KO at UFC 194 and thinks Aldo has some work to do in the striking department.

"The thing was, it was a great step back, because it's like people say, 'Don't move back in a straight line,' though," Roach told Marcos Villegas of FightHub (via Bloody Elbow). "But if a guy follows you in that straight line, the thing is, it can be very effective. So what he did, he stepped back, but he set himself. [McGregor] was in the ready position and as Aldo picked his foot up and came to him, he knocked him out with a shot. I mean, it's a very common shot in boxing, but something you teach your fighters not to make that mistake, of course.

"And one thing about the standup of MMA fighters, they don't have a lot of experience with the standup game, so much. And that proved it right there. He just doesn't have a lot of experience in the standup game and he walked right into a shot. Which has happened a couple of times with the Irish boys. But he is fun, he's exciting, and he can punch."

Roach sounds like a McGregor fan, but says St-Pierre feels he may have moved up in weight a bit early. McGregor will challenge lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos March 5 at UFC 196 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"Obviously he's fun to watch," Roach said of McGregor. "He talks a good game, he backs it up so far, he's moving up a weight class. I was just with Georges St-Pierre recently, this week, up in Montreal. Georges might be thinking that he maybe shouldn't be moving up in weight so quickly, because he says it might be a different outcome with the bigger weight class, of course. But, so far he's proven everyone wrong and he's knocking everyone out. He's fun to watch. I like him."

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