Conor McGregor Reveals How LeBron James Inspired His Methods

Published 01/19/2021, 10:54 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV: UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor speaks to the media at the post fight press conference after his 13 second knockout victory over Jose Aldo in their featherweight championship fight during the UFC 194 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


‘The Notorious‘ Conor McGregor returns this weekend at UFC 257 against Dustin Poirier in a pulsating lightweight clash. The Irishman seems to be in the best shape of his life ahead of his rematch against ‘The Diamond‘. McGregor trains at the SBG gym in Ireland and has a great team around him for a long time now. He has only elevated his level of fitness before his much-anticipated return to the Octagon.

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In a recent interview with TSN, the former two-division UFC champion revealed how he has taken inspiration lately from NBA legend LeBron James‘s methods.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 04: Athlete LeBron James, recipient of Icon 360 Award, and daughter Zhuri James attend Harlem’s Fashion Row during New York Fashion Week at Capitale on September 4, 2018, in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

Well, I certainly have, you know, the luxury of having an amazing team around me at all times, anywhere on the planet, I go, I can bring whoever I want, you know, my family, even a lot of fighters don’t have the luxury of bringing their family with them, I get to share all of these experiences with my son, I don’t have to be away from them, as well as multiple coaching head coaches and masters in their own right,” said McGregor.

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Then I read something about LeBron James, who was like he spent 1.5 million annually 1.5 million per annum on his physical health, and he has masseuses, and physical therapists and nutritionists, now, my Jesus Christ, but I will do that. But for an eight-week camp, I’m like, no more. Now it’s going to be all year round. And that’s basically what I’ve done.” he continued.

Conor McGregor will look to break records yet again at UFC 257

The bars of expectations have risen as the return of McGregor is imminent. He fought only once in 2020, at UFC 246. But he managed to do the highest pay-per-view numbers for the year and also got the fastest main-event knockout of 2020.

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 4: (L-R) Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor face off during the UFC 178 Ultimate Media Day at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on August 4, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Many expect him to replicate those heights against Dustin Poirier too. McGregor himself is supremely confident of bettering his own performance from their first fight in 2014. He knocked out Poirier within 2 minutes at UFC 178.

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Can McGregor deliver once again this weekend? What did you make of him following LeBron James’s methods?

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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