Conor McGregor reveals two key changes he's made for Diaz rematch

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It has been 114 days since Nate Diaz handed Conor McGregor the first loss of his UFC career at UFC 196.

It has been a fairly chaotic few months since that March pay-per-view, but, thanks to an announcement back at UFC 199, we do know the two rivals will meet for a rematch at UFC 202 in August.


And, with 54 days to go before that bout, McGregor appears to be taking his preparation very seriously. In fact, 'The Notorious One' revealed this weekend that he has made two changes to his pre-fight routine in the hopes of a better outcome come August 20.


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With the rematch once again taking place at 170 lbs, the first issue that needed to be addressed was knowing how best to put on the extra pounds without harming his chances of victory:

"I was almost like, I don't have to make weight, I can train all day long. So we were doing 6-to-8-hour sessions on fight week, swinging on gymnastic rings," the Dublin native said, via MMA Fighting, when recalling his preparation for the original fight.

"Looking back, it wasn't the best idea and it came back and bit me in the ass...I was a little bit heavy in the midsection, I was overtrained, my diet wasn't great and it came back and bit me in the ass.

"I have learned and I am focused. I'm staying on my nutrition. I'm very fight-orientated. I'm not swinging on gymnastic rings too much and I certainly won't be doing it on fight week."

Diet has been something McGregor has spoken a lot about in recent weeks as the UFC world ponders whether he can gain revenge over his American opponent.

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Meanwhile, another alteration the Featherweight champion and his team have made from their usual routine is bringing in sparring partners who mimic the challenge posed by Diaz:

""I didn't actually bring in any southpaws -- not one," McGregor admitted when discussing his sessions leading up to UFC 196. 

In fact, bringing in fighters with similar styles to his opponent is something new for the Irishman's UFC career as a whole.

"I didn't spar with any southpaws, because the reason we don't really care what the opponent is doing is because they always pull out, every damn time.

"But this time I know Nate is gonna show up. I know I'm gonna be facing a tall, lanky southpaw with a decent lead hand. And that's it. And now I have brought in tall, lanky southpaws with a solid lead hand, guys with solid jiu-jitsu credentials

"And that's it. And now I have brought in tall, lanky southpaws with a solid lead hand, guys with solid jiu-jitsu credentials."

In the past week alone, we've seen social media posts of McGregor training with jiu-jitsu expert Dillon Danis, as well as a number of Irish Olympic boxers. 

Whether all of this preparation pays off come UFC 202 remains to be seen, but he is certainly pulling out all the stops in the hope of stopping Diaz on the night.

UFC fans: Who are you backing at UFC 202; McGregor or Diaz? Have your say in the comments below...

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