Den irländske stjärnan och den forne dubbelmästaren Conor McGregor återvänder för ett nytt möte under UFC 246 i januari, där han möter Donald Cerrone i huvudmatchen. I en intervju med ’Eurobash’ berättar hans boxningstränare Owen Roddy att man inför matchen har påbörjat en annorlunda förberedelse än tidigare.
We’re in camp now, so it’s go time. The one thing Conor has been constantly doing is working on his strength and conditioning – he’s constantly staying in shape and he’s constantly eating clean – and you can see that straight off the bat. Now it’s time for us to execute a game plan and go in and do it on the night. I’m very excited to be back working with him, and I’m very excited that he’s back fighting in the UFC.
McGregor gick senast match mot lättviktsmästaren Khabib Nurmagomedov under UFC 229 i oktober förra året, där han förlorade via submission i den fjärde ronden. Roddy berättar att man gjort stora justeringar i McGregors träning och förberedelse.
The last camp was just a bit sporadic. We didn’t know what time we were training at. Sometimes it was very late at night, sometimes it was early in the morning and nobody really knew. Even though we were making all of these sessions, I don’t think that’s good for you when he doesn’t even know what time he’s going to train at, just doing it off feel. For the past couple of months, it’s been very regimented.
We’re training at 11 and 7 every day. We’re doing strength and conditioning, whether it’s in the morning or evening, and then doing a technical session and it’s perfect. And you can see that he’s reaping the benefits and rewards already from that. He’s in tip-top shape and now we’re just focusing on the game plan – coming up with a good game plan and going in and executing it.
I think it’s great seeing Conor back enjoying what he’s doing, that’s the more important thing for me, for everybody and for Conor. You can see it in him – he’s enjoying it. I don’t know, he’s had a crazy couple of years man…I don’t know how he copes…nobody knows how he deals with what he deals with because there is so much…I can only imagine. He has so many businesses; I’m running my own business here and it’s 24/7. He’s got businesses that are worth millions and he’s got so much going, it’s chaotic I’d say.
Now he’s after sorting everything out and he’s back doing what he loves to do. I think when you start to see some footage of him training, he starts to do his interviews and he starts building the fight, you’re going to see the old Conor back… I can see that already. When people see that, they’re going to say, ‘That’s the Conor we fell in love with.’ He has that hunger again. A hungry, dedicated and motivated Conor McGregor is a scary dude.
Hur tror ni att det kommer att gå för McGregor i matchen mot Cerrone under UFC 246?