McGregor to live same spartan lifestyle as UFC debut for Poirier fight

‘Wake up, train, walk home, eat, rest, train again, home, sleep, repeat. And NO rest days’: Conor McGregor vows to live the same spartan lifestyle for Dustin Poirier trilogy fight as he did to prepare for UFC debut in 2013

  • Conor McGregor made his UFC debut eight years ago before he was a global star
  • He spoke about how he prepared for his first encounter against Marcus Brimage
  • Irishman lived a spartan lifestyle for two months and threw himself into training 
  • He says he is adopting the same approach for the Dustin Poirier trilogy bout 

Conor McGregor is preparing for his trilogy with Dustin Poirier in the same way he geared up for his UFC debut exactly eight years ago. 

Back on April 6, 2013, McGregor stepped into the famous octagon for the first time and stopped Marcus Brimage in the first round. 

He was living a spartan existence to get himself right for the UFC bow and has pledged to do the same for UFC 264 on July 10. 

Conor McGregor is going back to basics in training for his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier

Eight years ago, McGregor made his UFC debut with a first-round KO of Marcus Brimage

McGregor reflected on Twitter: ‘Today in 2013 I weighed in for my UFC debut. What a journey! It would become my 12th KO in MMA competition.

‘Dustin Poirier would then become my 12th first round KO in MMA competition. This next fight will be my 12th UFC main event. Rare company! Proper Twelve baby! All day!

‘My ufc debut I found out 9 weeks out. I took a week to get right from not training/partying, and then 8 weeks out I moved to my sisters apt which was close to the gym. 

‘I woke up, trained, walked back to apartment, ate my meals and rested, trained again, back to apt, sleep, repeat.

‘Double skills work. I also didn’t take rest days unless I absolutely had to. Not one. Not even a Sunday. 

‘I will take this approach again for my comeback fight. I didn’t become ufc champ champ with this method but I did become ufc 145 champion. Also the cage warrior champ champ,’ McGregor concluded.

The Irishman is in desperate need of a win having suffered a second-round TKO defeat by Poirier in their rematch in January. 

McGregor impressed in the first round but was immobilised by the American’s calf kicks before succumbing to strikes.  

Time will tell whether McGregor’s decision to go back to basics pays off in what will effectively be a lightweight title eliminator in July.  

Poirier defeated McGregor back in January and the pair will do it again in July 

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