Conor McGregor enlisting help of Irish Olympians ahead of Diaz rematch

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Conor McGregor himself recently admitted his preparations for his UFC 196 bout against Nate Diaz back in March had gone a little awry, and were partly to blame for his shock defeat.

With a rematch now officially confirmed for UFC 202 this August, the Irishman appears to be doing everything he can to avoid making the same mistakes this time around.

Yesterday there was news that 'The Notorious One' had begun training with a black belt jiu-jitsu expert to improve his ground work. That's been followed up today with a report revealing McGregor has enlisted the help of a number of Irish Olympians to step up his boxing skill set.


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McGregor himself alerted fans to the news he had been working with Michael Conlan, Paddy Barnes and Conor Wallace - two Irish boxers with Olympic medals to their name and one of the nation's most highly rated youngsters - at the SBG gym in Dublin.

While Barnes and Conlan were there simply to watch on and presumably offer advice from their position away from the canvas, McGregor and Wallace took part in a sparring session that could prove valuable when the UFC star's Diaz rematch comes around.

As you can see in one of the social media posts, Wallace towers above the 5ft 9 inch McGregor and, as a southpaw the same as Diaz, the six-time All-Ireland champion offers a similar challenge to that of the American UFC fighter.

Although McGregor was ultimately defeated by Diaz courtesy of a rear naked choke hold back in March, he will want to ensure he is as well prepared as possible for the stand up game against his Stockton, California rival.

And, speaking after this week's session, Wallace seemed genuinely impressed with McGregor's boxing skills:

"I think he is a very skilful operator, his boxing skills are of a very high level," said the young fighter.

"He definitely has what it takes to be a boxer. I'm privileged to be given the opportunity."

With two months still to go until McGregor and Diaz actually face off across the Octagon at UFC 202, it is impressive to see just how seriously McGregor is taking his preparations.

He's already discussed the highly structured diet he is on in order to build up to the 170 pound weight and training with Olympic boxing medalists can only improve his stand up game.

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