Video: Conor McGregor sparring with BJJ world champion

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Conor McGregor is working hard in the run-up to his rematch with Nate Diaz, much harder than he did before the first encounter between the two.

The Irishman himself has noted in the past about how he didn't train properly for the original fight against Diaz, which saw him get forced to tap in the middle of the octagon to a rear-naked choke delivered by the American fighter.

McGregor has stepped up his preparations ahead of the rematch, which has been set for UFC 202, training with notorious BJJ world champion Dillon Danis. Now, a video of the two working together has been released. And the results look good. Scroll down to watch the clip.

In the above video, McGregor manages to free himself from Danis' clutches while also showing serious improvement in the clinch - something he has definitely struggled with in the past.

McGregor's ground game has been a topic of conversation ever since 'The Notorious One' made his UFC debut three years ago.

The Irishman has always been known as a power puncher in the 145lb division, so was almost always going to struggle when moving up to 170lbs to take on Diaz. His power just wasn't going to be enough to knock the strong-jawed Diaz out now. 

In preparation for the August 20 rematch, McGregor has brought on Danis, a black belt under Marcelo Garcia and an absolute phenom in the world of BJJ, in order to smooth over the cracks in his grapple game right now.

Improvement Needed

Diaz's submission skills have McGregor scared heading into fight number two and for good reason, he is simply one of the best at taking advantages of weaknesses and slip-ups on the ground. As soon as he rocked McGregor in the second round it was all over - there was only going to be one outcome. 

UFC 202 is bound to be one hell of a card - potentially breaking the promotion's previous pay-per-view records held by UFC 100: Brock Lesnar vs Frank Mir - and this fight is the crowning jewel, which will surely see thousands of fight fans flock to Vegas like they always do to see The Notorious fight.

Whether or not it will end in the same way to the UFC 196 matchup remains to be seen. But Conor McGregor is taking no chances. The embarrassment of that was a big shock for Conor and it is something he will never want to experience again.

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