Immediately after Conor McGregor was tapped out by Nate Diaz in March, the featherweight champ said he miscalculated how fighting at 170 would impact his performance. But, more recently, the Irish star has also said he was over-trained for the UFC 196 scrap.
Leading up to the March 5th bout, much was made of all the movement drilling McGregor was doing as part of his camp. In addition, the fighter repeatedly talked about the fact he was pounding back steaks, and that he was loving life not having to worry about the cut to 145.
Well, at a recent event to promote John Kavanagh’s new book, who is McGregor’s coach, the latter had this to say about the loss to Diaz (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“I was over-trained, my diet wasn’t good, and it came back and bite me in the ass. I’m staying on my nutrition. I’m very fight-orientated. I’m not swinging out of gymnastic rings too much, and I certainly won’t be doing it the week of the fight.
“To see the way that last fight happened, I can’t live with it. I need to isolate myself and come back and get my revenge.”
There you have it. It’s also been interesting to see that McGregor has brought in lanky, southpaw boxers for this camp, as well as rising jiu-jitsu player, Dillon Danis. So, one would think McGregor is going to be much better prepared for what Diaz brings to the table in the rematch. But, you could also say the same about the Stockton star. It’s going to be a fascinating night. No question.
McGregor – Diaz II will headline UFC 202, which will take place August 20th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.