‘I’ve Surpassed That Level Again’- Conor McGregor Gives Insight to His Training Camp Ahead of UFC 257

Published 01/17/2021, 10:55 PM EST
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 will make his much-anticipated return at UFC in a pulsating lightweight clash against Dustin Poirier. ‘The Notorious‘ knocked out Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds on his last outing to the Octagon at UFC 246. But it will be the first fight at lightweight since his 2018 loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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McGregor looks supremely confident ahead of the upcoming clash. The two men have squared off before at UFC 178, as the Irishman knocked out the Louisiana native within 2 minutes. Despite that, ‘The Notorious’ has left no stones unturned in preparation despite having a familiar opponent in front of him.

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)

“There’s a good array of masters at their crafts. I got John at the head overseeing all the mixed martial arts elements of it. Roddy on the pads. I got Phil Sutcliffe out of Crumlin Boxing Club. He’s got a couple of guys here with him. We’ve mixed it up a little bit, kept it fresh. So it’s been a good one-off train, and so I’m very happy with it,said ‘The Notorious’.

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He added, “I had a masterful performance against Donald Cerrone at the start of 2020. I remember thinking at that time, I would take out anyone across 155 or 170.”

I have surpassed that level again. Myself and my team. We have put in a tremendous amount of work here. Everything is measured and you know the results are shown,” said McGregor.

There’s no doubt McGregor has had an outstanding team surrounding him for years. He has been a lifelong member of the SBG Gym in Ireland.

Conor McGregor will look to make a mark upon his return

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There’s no doubt McGregor will want to make a statement at UFC 257 against Poirier. He has already promised his faithful of a masterpiece performance. Now, it remains to be seen if he can oblige his legion of followers.

LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 12: 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 on December 12, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

His coaches and trainers believe this is the best shape he has ever been in, in his fighting career. And if that is the case, fans might be in for some extra-ordinary moments from him yet again. This looks like a second coming of the former two-division champion, which is a scary fact for the rest of the lightweight division.

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What did you make Conor McGregor’s words on his preparation ahead of his fight against Poirier at UFC 257? Are we about to see yet another masterclass from ‘The Notorious’?

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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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