Conor McGregor has turned to a measured and disciplined training regime as he looks to get his revenge against Nate Diaz at UFC 202.
After suffering a shock first UFC defeat at the hands of Diaz at UFC 196 in March, McGregor, who is known for training when and how he feels at the time, has taken a more regimented approach ahead of his upcoming fight.
“If I was to sum it up, there’s order to this training camp. There’s no chaos,” McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, told ESPN.
“Everything is very disciplined, very military-style. Beforehand, it was kind of done on Conor’s whim, how he felt on a certain day.
“This training camp has been based on cycles. Every day, we start at 1 p.m. sharp. In the evenings, we do cardio training. Everything is measured, nothing is left to ‘How you feeling?’
“We have a performance doctor taking care of the performance side of things, I’m taking care of the fighting side of things, everybody is working together and nothing we’ve done before comes close to comparison for this one.”
Man’s work. pic.twitter.com/ZmnwPkUt8G
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 15, 2016
Kavanagh believes that McGregor will be better off for his loss to Diaz, and asserted that the pair’s rematch on August 20 will go a long way to determining the Irishman’s legacy.
“I truly believe that loss will, in time, be seen as the most positive thing that happened in Conor’s career,” added Kavanagh.
“Because I want people to see what he does with a loss. I know the measure of him. I know how he bounces back. If he spends his whole career on this air of invincibility – putting everybody away inside one round – I don’t think people would have truly gotten to see his character.”
“This fight actually feels bigger to me than the [Jose Aldo championship fight], if I’m being honest. I really feel this will sum up a lot of what the gym stands for and of course, Conor’s legacy as well.”