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UFC’s Caio Borralho explains how looking at Conor McGregor grew to become him staunch into a southpaw

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 16: (L-R) Caio Borralho of Brazil punches Gadzhi Omargadzhiev of Russia in a middleweight fight for the length of the UFC Combat Night event at UFC APEX on April 16, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Caio Borralho took inspiration from Conor McGregor’s fighting trend.

Unbeaten in the UFC, the rising middleweight is on an 11-fight a hit bound. Borralho (14-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) cites aged two-division champions Georges St-Pierre and McGregor as inspirations, and says he even modified his striking stance thanks to McGregor.

“I became once orthodox then I modified to southpaw looking at him,” Borralho said on the “Fitz Nation” podcast. “As a consequence of Conor, I became once savor, ‘Man, I maintain to be southpaw. I maintain to verbalize southpaw.’ So, I started training only southpaw for years and years. Now I’m extra southpaw than orthodox thanks to him.”

Borralho faces Abus Magomedov (25-5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) on Saturday’s UFC Combat Night 231 vital card at Ginasio Compose Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo. The event streams on ESPN+.

Borralho has taken the mandatory steps to realize his championship aim by training with the likes of middleweight champ Sean Strickland and undefeated Khamzat Chimaev, but he desires to head away his trace on the game in a particular arrangement.

“For determined I maintain to be an worldwide champion,” Borralho said. “That’s for determined. That’s the principle aim once I started MMA is to be an worldwide champion. … I don’t must be the absolute most practical pound-for-pound king or the absolute most practical of all time. I just must be remembered as one of doubtlessly the most cerebral fighters in the game, one of many most practical fighters just savor St-Pierre. If I’m remembered just savor him, I’m chuffed with it.”

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