Conor McGregor’s Coach Says He’s Been Getting ‘Military Fashion’ Training Before UFC 257

Published 12/28/2020, 1:03 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 11: UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor hits a heavy bag during a media workout at the UFC Performance Institute on August 11, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor will fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match at T-Mobile Arena on August 26 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Conor McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh spoke to Oscar Willis from ‘The MacLife’ leading up to McGregor’s comeback match-up.

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‘The Notorious’ makes his way to the UFC’s octagon after a year-long hiatus and will re-match Dustin Poirier. The two top-tier lightweights met back in their early days, where Conor McGregor sparked Poirier in round one. However, both fighters have evolved. This is what makes their UFC 257 bout a highly compelling one.

Coach Kavanagh touched upon various aspects related to McGregor’s training and fitness. The Irishman last fought back in January 2020 against Donald Cerrone, at welterweight no less. Since then he’s gone through yet another retirement and fans are excited to see his growth.

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John Kavanagh breaks down Conor McGregor’s camp

Kavanagh was asked to elaborate on the training camp aspect of Conor McGregor’s trip to Portugal. He went into the various reasons why the trip was the right move ahead of the blockbuster fight.

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)

“It was great, we were out there for a couple of weeks and um, we went through a period of going to Iceland for a while. Now that we have been there, I have no idea why we did Iceland. This place was beautiful though, really nice weather, a couple of nice places to eat close by.”

“The gym was fantastic. It’s close, it’s only a two and a half hour flight so you can come home for a weekend if need be. It just could have been better.”

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Additionally, Kavanagh reinforced that Conor McGregor is ready for any and all adversity that may come his way. Fighting Dustin ‘The Diamond’ at this stage in their career is a dangerous prospect for anyone.

“As for the training, we had a fairly strict routine which was kept to almost at a military fashion. No sessions missed, anything could be done has been done.”

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The former interim champion in Poirier will certainly have his hands full when facing a highly motivated McGregor. Chiefly, ‘The Notorious’ is looking to blitz his way to a title shot, and that seems like a highly plausible scenario. Moreover, with Khabib Nurmagomedov’s lightweight future up in the air, the UFC will like to have a star like McGregor at the helm.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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