The Combat Sports world did not react very well to the concept of Dana White’s Power Slap League. Most fans and spectators barring some ‘company men’ have disapproved of the concept of a person getting slapped in full force without the ability to defend himself.
Conor McGregor on the other hand has been careful with his response hinting at potential participation.
In a true ‘Notorious’ fashion Conor talked about the new tournament saying, “I could potentially be the Joe Rogan of Power Slap.” He also elaborated in response to a fan query saying, “Interesting question. It would have to be better to take it relaxed.
However, with eyes fully on the slap at all times. 100 percent. Full awareness with a relaxed brace I would say is best. Then all you can do is pray the opponent’s force x velocity is less than needed.”
How would Conor McGregor fare in the Power Slap League?
Conor is no stranger to making transitions to other sports. In the past, he moved to box Floyd Mayweather while still under a contract with the UFC. In fact, the event was so big that Dana took the responsibility of cross-promoting the event. Under the UFC banner, this high-voltage bout holds the record for the highest PPVs even surpassing Khabib vs McGregor.
Slapping contests have been famous in the Southeastern Region of Europe for a good while now. Dana White himself admitted to receiving the motivation for starting this tournament from watching these tournaments. However, what the UFC President didn’t mention are the gruesome accidents that take place in this sport which enraged fans in the first place.
As far as Conor’s chances for the promotion go, ‘The Mystic Mac’ has always been a strong puncher. But punching and slapping are different things so it’s unclear if McGregor’s power will translate properly to the new endeavor. The Irish also needs a strong chin if he wants to survive the strong claps from professionals coming his way.
Currently the ‘Notorious’ is expected to make a return at some point in 2023.