UFC featherweight champ Conor McGregor is bent on focusing this time on his scheduled rematch with Nate Diaz for UFC 202 to exact revenge on Aug. 20 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
McGregor does not want the event that took place at UFC 196 to happen again. The feisty Irishman has made his assignments and has made the adjustments for the said fight. McGregor’s camp has gotten the services of Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter Dillon Davis to imitate the moves of Diaz and they also made sparring workouts with lefty Conor Wallace to balance the whole training.
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McGregor’s stablemate at the Straight Blast Gym and rising MMA fighter Makwan Amirkhani told FloCombat that McGregor has taken his training for his fight against Diaz to a whole new level. He adds that McGregor is taking a different approach to the fight noting that the Irishman has learned from his previous mistakes.
“I think for this Nate Diaz fight it’s good for him to have sparred with a lot of wrestling and grappling,” Amirkhani said. “He’s taking it seriously. Eating food immediately while training at the gym, always on time, you can see he is more prepared for this fight than last time.”
McGregor lost to Diaz, who was a last-minute replacement to Rafael dos Anjos, via rare naked choke in the second round of their fight. It would seem that McGregor lost stamina and gas out during their first meeting. Amirkhami noted that McGregor has worked on his footwork and has developed speed and accuracy in his strikes, making him deadly for their scheduled rematch.
“Keeping it simple might be the best word,” Amirkhani added. “Much faster, footwork is better, lighter. I think of course there will be a lot of exchanges in the striking and I hear people say that he gas out but I think for this fight he knows that it’s not just about that. He will be faster, more technical and keep it simple.”
McGregor explains that they have addressed that issue and stated that he is staying with his diet for this fight. He added that for this fight he is not “overtrained” and is now “fight oriented.”
However, one fighter is still not sold out that McGregor would win in his fight against Diaz. Donald Cerrone stated that he sees Diaz knocking the hell out of McGregor. Cerrone believes that McGregor will even suffer a more humiliating defeat at the hands of Diaz come Aug. 20.
“I’m going with Diaz. I’d like to fight Diaz or McGregor. So, I’m going for a knockout,” Cerrone added.
Aside from the McGregor-Diaz rematch, UFC 202 will also have the UFC debut of CM Punk as he will face Mikey Gall while Cerrone himself will be on the undercard as he will fight Rick Story.
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