In speaking to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Conor McGregor explained just how much his training camp for UFC 202 has cost him financially.
Though his opponent for UFC 196 only had ten days preparation for the bout, Conor McGregor’s own build-up wasn’t without its problems. A late jump from lightweight to welterweight (155lbs. to 170lbs.) saw the Irishman load up on food and training during fight week – very much at odds with his usual routine.
“My body almost went into shock and I was stuffing my face and eating everything. Usually when I am making weight, I almost put my self in bubble wrap and I don’t do anything that’s not fight related. This time I was almost like, ‘I don’t have to make weight, I can train all day long’”.
“So we were doing 6-8 hour sessions during fight week, swinging on gymnastics rings, and, looking back, it wasn’t the best idea. And it came back and bit me in the ass. I was a little bit heavy around the midsection, I was over-trained and it came back and bit me in the ass.”
That loss to Nate Diaz set his shooting star temporarily off course, but a repeat result on August 20 at the T-Mobile Arena could have a more lasting impact. Therefore, ‘The Notorious has seen fit to spare no expense in anticipation of the second match-up at UFC 202.
“With gyms, cars, transport, flights, accommodations — I’d estimate we’re talking a $300,000 camp here,” McGregor told ESPN.
“This is a big, big expense — but what I make is big. So, in the bigger picture, it’s rather small. This is most certainly not another fight.
I have done things differently this fight. We have been going to war every single day in the gym in preparation for this. So, this is a war to me.”
Former UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta revealed in passing earlier this year that McGregor was guaranteed $10m for his loss against Diaz in March.
Members of the current camp include grappling dynamo Dillon Danis and Irish middleweight boxer Conor Wallace, who’s lanky Southpaw frame has enabled the Vegas-based McGregor camp to tailor their work towards Nate Diaz.