Conor McGregor is in deep training for his rematch this Aug.20th on UFC 202: Diaz vs McGregor 2, and to strengthen his future success the Dubliner makes sure to look back at his mistakes.
Perhaps by now he has learned more from his first loss in the UFC, yet another story from his past, that of Joao Carvalho’s death, reminds him of the stark reality of a fighter’s life.
It all happened months ago, in April, and it’s something he doesn’t ever want to be part of again, yet could not wholly brush off taking part of the blame.
“It’s F_*ked up,” he recalls.
Conor McGregor tells the Obsev, “I wasn’t just watching that fight. I helped train a guy to kill someone, and then someone wound up dying. This is a f**king dangerous game. People call it a sport, but it’s fighting.”
His trainer along with Dana White and many of his fans had argued that the Irishman ought not to have opted to fight Nate Diaz right away, that he should take some time to rebuild himself before attempting a rematch.
But McGregor is not the man who shies away from a challenge. No one can accuse him of lacking courage; in fact, he may be too brave for his own good. And if there’s one thing Joao Carvalho’s death could do to him besides bear guilt and regret, it is to train his hardest.
“I’m just making sure it ain’t me. And that’s f**ked up.” Conor McGregor said.
He looks ripped days going into UFC 202, and many feel he’s learned his lessons. He passed out on UFC 196 during their first fight and now reveals to the Daily Star that he felt drowning on the second round.
Hopefully, by now he will have a better strategy, and probably decides to pace himself more. That’s a fighter’s life. You don’t let a losing battle stop you, and Conor McGregor is back to avenge himself.
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