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Conor McGregor working with Jiu-Jitsu star ahead of Nate Diaz rematch

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You only have to look at the recent speculation about a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather to appreciate that Conor McGregor is considered one of the best stand-up fighters in the UFC.

His ground game, however, is a different story. The UFC Featherweight champion is no slouch when it comes to mat work but, as shown in his upset defeat to Nate Diaz at UFC 196, it is an area that can be considered a weakness.

And, judging by reports today, it looks like The Notorious One is already taking steps to address the issue ahead of his August rematch with his American rival.

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As reported by FloGrappling, McGregor has recently been working with well-respected jiu-jitsu black belt Dillan Danis at the SBG Ireland gym in Dublin.

A photo uploaded to Instagram by the Irish fighter's coach, John Kavanagh, suggests that Danis is set to work with McGregor for the next couple of weeks at least:

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Speaking to FloGrappling, Danis explained he was delighted to have the opportunity to work with a fighter of the calibre of McGregor:

"We've been in contact for a while and the time was just right," explained the jiu-jitsu black belt.

"He's one of my idols and you don't pass up opportunities like this. He has one of the greatest minds and skill sets ever in the sport."

It isn't only Danis who is set to prosper from the fortnight-long arrangement, however. In fact, with McGregor having struggled with submissions throughout his MMA career, improving in the dark arts of grappling could be crucial if he wants to gain revenge over Diaz at UFC 202.

UFC 196: McGregor v Diaz

Diaz has long been commended for his jiu-jitsu skills and has worked with the renowned Gracie brothers - from Cesar and Renzo to Kron - for much of his career.

Danis is actually another disciple of the martial arts experts and, as such, McGregor will be hoping the 22-year-old will be able to depart some of their wisdom over the next few weeks as he looking to make up ground on Diaz.

The latest update is further proof that the Irishman is taking his return to the octagon very seriously. The Dublin native himself has been critical of his preparations for his UFC 196 defeat and is clearly hell bent on taking all the necessary steps to righting the wrongs he believes cost him victory back in March.

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