My coach Fabiano Scherner was in New York a week ago for PFL. Or, err, my teammate Rick Story was fighting, he was out there cornering Rick and Khabib was out there, Khabib was cornering somebody. and Khabib did a workout in the back room and my coach sat and watched it, and he said: You know Khabib didn’t have you know, these master submissions or things you haven’t seen before, it was all pretty straightforward he said, but, He had a pressure. And he said he-well first let me tell what the workout was Okay, so Khabib comes in he’s got five guys, and what the workout is gonna be is one-by-one Khabib is gonna work out with each guy until each guy gives up Once the guys had enough reaches a level of exhaustion he’s done and the next guy comes in My coach said the workout was 90 minutes. The first guy was the most talented guy made it 20 20 minutes in the Giger. I’m done. I have nothing left to offer you great Kobe beef stays a new guy comes in died. Number two comes in for 15 minutes or so guy number three comes in For 15 minutes or so the guy number four Even though when it was done could be was standing up and all five guys were laying down just from exhaustion He didn’t hurt him. It was a grappling work. I didn’t hurt these guys. He just put a pace on him now We’ve seen could be do this on television. We’re well aware of khabib space. I Was just sharing with you guys as this fight gets closer and closer So much is made of Conor space Connors old opponents talk about that pace And we’ve also seen that on television through. Khabib. I thought it was a good story. I thought it was very interesting It’s very hard to wear somebody out Usually when you’re with another trained fighter a trained killer in there one guy does wear out first, of course he does but It’s very hard to do and once you finally reach that critical mass generally the workout is now over If one guy can’t go on the other guys on fumes as well and the workouts over Sometimes you will do a rotation Where every two and a half minutes a guy will come in and then he goes out another guy comes in But then the first guy comes back in it’s just two guy and they are coming in repeatedly Maybe we’ll call it a shark bait or Ironman are Our colloquial terms in the industry for that kind of a drill could be brought in five Guys and wore them all out. I Didn’t get to see it, but I heard about it. The only time I’ve ever seen that Seen that with my own eyes was Tony Ferguson When we used to train at the rain training center He would go through the entire practice everything warm-up drills live rounds conditioning he would do it All everybody’s headed out maybe a couple of guys are sticking around Working on something at a real slow pace not getting their heart rate up, but work on a position or a technique Tony’s in the middle looking for four guys to spar with round after round after and he used to wear guys out He would wear them out to the point that nobody else would come in to spar with him while he was in the middle no rest and Then he would go over to the only thing that could continue a workout which was the heavy bag It’s the only guy I’ve seen do that with my own eyes, but I heard This Conner story. I thought I would share with you guys because I think ultimately it does come down to pace. I Think so many of us are talking about if Conner can land the left or khabib can land the take down But it’s usually an intangible It shows you never as straightforward as we think you don’t have to go back any further than when we all thought DC had to Wrestle steep a down or steep. I had to knock DC out and it ends up going the exact opposite direction You don’t have to look back any further than that to realize it’s never as clear as we think it is it’s always an intangible who can deal with the pressure who can keep the pace who can go five rounds who can go harder than The other guy it’s never about who very seldomly is about who is technically more proficient Who’s more dynamic who’s more explosive those things all have a little piece of the pie? But it’s generally in intangible and Generally when you have to get ready for a fight outside of that lucky punch or submission You have to plan for a worst-case scenario Which is to be there out there all night long It’s wife worked so hard it’s why they get in such good shape for that worst-case scenario I can’t get this guy out of here. I’m gonna see him again round after round after round I Don’t know that that favours Could be I think it does. I think it does but when you when you talk to Conners former opponents They all talk about that pace, too so Connor jumps right on you never lets up and there’s a narrative out there about his conditioning and that largely came because of his fight with Nick Diaz where Connor said I ran out of energy, he said that I Just don’t know that that was an accurate assessment. Meaning that Connor was in poor shape Or if you should also look at the intangibles of which one he was surprised So when you have an adrenaline dump or some kind of a frustration It’s gonna cause some stress which is gonna cause fatigue and also he was up two weight classes He was a forty five pounder back then Passed up 55 when all the way to 170 when you have those bigger guys. You’re also gonna run out of energy faster That narrative was expanded upon After he fought Floyd Mayweather for a half hour, and he said yeah My problem was that I ran out of energy So so many people came out with this old Connors not in great shape. They did not take into consideration the stress of being an event where he’s a sizable underdog his first time in a sport against the greatest to have ever done it and Still did it for a half hour. I? Would ask I will ask you guys shadow box And all shadow box means is you you clench up your fists and you throw them in the air one hand after the next Do it as hard as you can Doing this podcast is over do it as hard as you can Hitting nothing hitting absolutely nothing, but I’m not talking about moving your feet I’m not talking about a head movement and slipping and dealing with stress and someone punched out your I’m talking about plant your feet still And just throw your hands one after the next in any combination you want to do as hard as you can for 30 seconds You will be exhausted You will not think 30 seconds could have ever been so long Hunter went out and did that for 30 minutes? in a sport that he had never done against the greatest to have ever done it so I would just tell you that even though Connor helped to add fuel to the fire Which was I didn’t have enough energy which created a false narrative what I believe is a false narrative that he has cardio and Lung issues. I don’t think that’s true. I think he was in a ridiculously hard environment Where fighters will fight for years and years and years three rounds years ten years of three round fights Maybe in their career if they have a high enough level of success, they’ll even be signed for a 12-round fight he had none of those things and fought for 30 minutes, so I just suggest you that I don’t know that that narrative is Accurate The Nate Diaz fight to weight classes up. Yes, you’re going to get tired faster The Floyd Mayweather fight he went out there and did it for a half of an hour You’re going to get tired. I think that that’s false and I think that that in many ways is what’s going to decide this People believe that khabib has a higher pace I am one of those people I believe khabib has a higher pace I’m just not sure that that makes it so so I’m going to share with you my coach Fabiana shared with me when he got to see a private workout and There was five exhausted guys Laying around and khabib standing in the middle saying who’s next?