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After Conor McGregor humiliated his opponent Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 this past weekend—becoming the first UFC fighter to hold belts in two different weight classes—many still wondered one thing: Why on earth did Conor taunt Alvarez by putting his hands be hind his own back during the fight?
Conor McGregor puts his hands behind his back to clown Eddie Alvarez in Round 2 before momentarily dropping him... https://t.co/uoYq1xPgy2— Brian Campbell (@BCampbellESPN) November 13, 2016
While many of us believed for it to be McGregor's way of belittling his opponent and showing him no respect, there was an actual reason for his tactic, and he told News.com.au that very reason.
“This (holding up his right hand) was out of action for the whole camp,” he said. “That’s why I developed that putting the hand behind my back.
“I would be doing it in sparring, then I’d jar it or hit it and it would be swelling up in the middle of the rounds — I just figured out ways to fight around it.
“To be honest I was icing it up until today but it’s actually alright now. I’m brand new. There’s not a f***ing scratch on me.”
Yep, the usual boastful Conor McGregor actually admitted a form of weakness, saying that his right hand was giving him problems during training and that he didn't want to subject it to any further damage. So, in actuality, it was a very practical reason.