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Conor McGregor on training parody videos: ‘I see stiffness in every single one of them’

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Yes, Conor McGregor has seen the “McGregor Challenge” parody videos on social media. No, the UFC lightweight champion doesn’t seem to care too much.

But, of course, that didn’t stop him from taking some shots at those who have done them.

“I’ve seen some videos,” McGregor said Wednesday on a media conference call. “It is what it is. It’s lighthearted, I don’t take it personal. If anything, I see stiffness in every single one of them. You must have the limbs free. The shoulders must be disconnected. You must have the ability to disconnect your shoulders and re-connect it at the point of impact.

“With that skillset is how you can change a jab to a hook in the blink of an eye. Or a jab to an uppercut in the blink of an eye. It’s the same thing with the hip flexors for kicks.”

McGregor is referring to the video of his shoulder-loosening technique that went viral last Friday following his media workout in Las Vegas. It’s an unorthodox technique, not used by many in combat sports. And it does look a bit silly, with noodle-like arms flailing back and forth.

So, of course, some in the boxing community picked it up and ran with it. High-profile boxers like David Haye and Terrence Crawford posted “McGregor Challenge” videos in recent days, mocking McGregor.

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McGregor took a dig at Haye for his video, which was him hitting pads with loose, swinging arms.

“David Haye is a man who has pulled out of contests over a sore baby toe,” McGregor said. “So, he must be careful with the way he hits pads.”

“The Notorious,” who meets Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas, said the shoulder warmup is actually a method that goes back a long time — to one of the founders of mixed martial arts.

“This is just training methods, age-old training methods,” McGregor said. “That shoulder training method 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. You’ve gotta do it correct, though.”

And, after watching the parody videos, it seems like McGregor doesn’t think too many of the jokesters were doing it correctly.

“Again, we will educate as we go forward,” McGregor said. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint.”