Conor McGregor has defended the unorthodox training methods he utilizes to prepare for bouts, but in new interview, the Irish star’s admitted he may have gone a bit too far prior to UFC 196.
As you know, McGregor took on Nate Diaz at the March 5th event, and after pulling ahead early in the bout, he was eventually submitted in round two. The bout was contested at 170 pounds, and leading up to it, the featherweight champ repeatedly noted how great he felt, not having to worry about cutting weight.
Well, recently McGregor spoke with ESPN.com, and the fighter opened up about what went wrong at UFC 196. Here is some of what McGregor had to say:
“The first eight minutes of the fight was easy,” McGregor said. “Let’s be honest, I slapped the head off him. Once the gas tank went, that was it. I drowned…
“Swinging on gymnastic rings on fight week isn’t the best thing. Usually, I wrap myself in bubble wrap and only do fight-specific things, but just because of that weight, no weight cut, I had put it in my head that, ‘I’m free.’ I had energy to burn. I was doing so much bounce footwork, the balls of my feet were burned to a crisp. Looking back, it was ridiculous. I don’t know what I was thinking.”
If and when Diaz – McGregor II goes down, it’s going to be fascinating to see how it unfolds. McGregor, and his supporters, believe that the featherweight champ will perform much better in the rematch. The argument being that the brash fighter now understands how his power translates fighting at 170, and that conserving energy is key.
On the other hand, Diaz boosters believe he’ll bring a much better game as well, since he will have had a full camp to prepare. Here’s hoping we get to see which theory is correct.
As it stands right now, no agreement is in place for Diaz – McGregor II, but the UFC is hoping to book the fight for August.