UFC 257: Conor McGregor Reveals Details of How Training Camp in Portugal Has Changed His Game

Published 01/21/2021, 11:54 PM EST
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 20: Conor McGregor speaks at the UFC 229 press conference at Radio City Music Hall on September 20, 2018 in New York, NY. McGregor will face UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event on October 6, 2018 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Conor McGregor is making his much-anticipated return to the UFC Octagon this weekend. He will headline UFC 257 opposite old rival, Dustin Poirier, in a match that will have major implications for the UFC lightweight championship.

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Conor had to refocus himself and his game to not be distracted like he was for Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. However, COVID lockdowns happened and made that an easier task. Conor would go off to Portugal for his training camp for the Poirier fight and has described the leaps he has made since to Barstool Sports.

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“After the Cowboy fight, I put in a serious stint of training. When this first lockdown came about, I was boxed-off, training very hard, and I was like. I actually couldn’t believe I got to another level so quick regarding fitness and everything else, I was like, this is perfect. And I just kept it going. I kept my training up, I got to Portugal, and we have been sharpening the skills. This my night. On Sat-Sunday morning, Saturday night for US viewers. This is my night, trust me on that.”

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Conor McGregor: Will the new training help him on Saturday?

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 05: Conor McGregor poses during a ceremonial weigh-in for UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena on October 05, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor will challenge UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for his title at UFC 229 on October 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Conor McGregor focusing on training again is very encouraging. Everyone knows the natural ability that he has. However, fighters transcend into another tier when they take that ability and put in the work to perfect it. Poirier may not have the same natural ability, but has put a lot of work into his craft to get to where he is.

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Conor looks like he is very comfortable back at lightweight and definitely had more of a weight cut. But, he is looking strong ahead of this fight. While the true test of his physical ability will happen inside the cage, all signs up until now have been encouraging. It will be very exciting to see the results of this against Poirier on Saturday.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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