Conor McGregor has been offered a few tips on how to counteract the problem which led to his defeat against Dustin Poirier back in January.
The Irishman was convincingly beaten by Poirier in the rematch to their 2014 bout, setting things up for a trilogy decider.
Poirier knocked McGregor out in the second round of their Las Vegas showdown, but it was his vicious leg kicks which caused his opponent the most issue and left him on crutches following the bout.
McGregor simply had no answer to the persistent attacks on his leading leg, which eventually gave way as Poirier moved in for the kill.
But rising UFC star Michael Chandler has extended an invite to McGregor to learn a simple way to thwart Poirier’s tactic when the pair next meet in the Octagon.
“Checking leg kicks is easy. @thenotoriousmma I have a few tips for you. Holler at me,” Chandler wrote on Twitter.
McGregor is certainly aware he needs to correct the weakness in his game, as he tweeted previously: “Guys I’m gonna cheque [sic] the leg kick.”
And calling on Chandler for tips wouldn’t be the worst idea, given the 34-year-old was a three-time lightweight world champion before switching over to UFC.
He has so far made just one appearance under Dana White’s brand – a stunning first round knockout victory over Dan Hooker on the undercard of McGregor’s clash with Poirier.
There could well be an ulterior motive for his invite of course, given Chandler competes in the same division as McGregor and may well be sizing him up for a potential future bout himself.
In any case, McGregor remains confident he can clinch the series with Poirier if and when they do go toe to toe against each other again.
“What a trilogy I now have on my hands. Exciting!” he wrote on Instagram not long after his shock defeat.
“With a handle on the leg kicks I will get back to having fun in there. I was in second gear cruising this fight. Best condition I’ve ever been in.”
A date for the third match-up is yet to be determined, but Poirier recently told Joe Rogan: “telling Joe Rogan: “We’re just trying to get the right deal structured.
“This is going to be a big fight. He knocked me out, I knocked him out. The trilogy.
“For sure one of the biggest fights this year, but maybe of all time.”