Eddie Bravo talks about about Conor McGregor’s ground game and grappling is his willingness to learn and evolve.
“It’s a good sign, and I saw it first hand, he has the mentality to be really really good at jiujitsu,” Bravo said about McGregor.
“I’m teaching class one day, and someone was punching a bag in the corner. I look over, and said ‘is that Conor McGregor hitting the bag in my gym?”
“So I go back to class, and within 3 minutes I see him on the mats and said ‘where are your best guys?’ I hooked him up with my best guys, and he just kept wanting to go with my best guys,” he continued. “Nobody does that! No UFC guys do that. A lot of them come and say hi, and some of them train, but when it comes to rolling, they didn’t want to roll.”
“Famous UFC fighters don’t generally train — and I generally understand where they come from. They train in some gym where they don’t know guys, and there will be cameras out, and maybe they’ll go ‘I just tapped out this guy from the UFC!’ Guys from the UFC, they don’t want that shit.”
“That showed me that he has the mentality, that he’s not afraid to grapple and train with whoever to improve his grappling. That’s huge! From that point on, I’m like ‘that’s why he’s good!’ He’s looking to evolve.”