With just a few days to go before his UFC 202 re-match against Nate Diaz, Conor McGregor has released new training footage showing just how ready he is. Hot on the heels of footage showing McGregor being punched in the stomach by one of his trainers, this video showcases McGregor’s boxing skills.
Working out with coach Owen Roddy in a bare knuckle striking drill, McGregor displays lightning fast reactions. Roddy is a well-respected figure in MMA, and a vital part of McGregor’s team. In the short video McGregor looks focused, and on track to try to erase the memory of his solitary UFC defeat, on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Conor McGregor plays the media game well. In the last few weeks he has been a one-man hype machine for the UFC 202 match. In addition to the regular training updates and clips, from his on-staff videographer, McGregor has kept his name on everyone’s lips with a succession of tweets and Instagram posts ‘calling out’ WWE stars and, most recently, footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.
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Going into the fight, McGregor believes he will be facing a crowd firmly on the side of his opponent, something he’s not used to. The timing of the fight, coming in the middle of a sports heavy summer, high ticket prices, and the rescheduling from UFC 200, have all played a part in fewer of his fans travelling this time around. But McGregor isn’t worried, rather he’s using the potentially hostile environment to fuel him.
Whether McGregor can live up to his own hype remains to be seen, but he has certainly put everything into his preparations. With his training camp costing an estimated 300K, and the hard work on display in his videos, if he’s not ready now, he never will be.
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