Conor McGregor vows to return to the training schedule that saw him become the UFC featherweight champion.
Eight years on from his stunning UFC debut against Marcus Brimage, Conor McGregor has committed to revisit the tireless preparation he put himself through in his early career.
McGregor revealed how he only had two months to prepare for his UFC debut in Sweden and he explained the dedicated lifestyle that saw him skyrocket to the pinnacle of mixed martial arts.
10 fights in 10 days – Conor McGregor's UFC journey to #UFC229
Day 1: The Debut – 🗓 6/4/2013
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) September 26, 2018
‘The Notorious’ would simply eat, sleep and train in the period of his career when he went from two-weight Cage Warriors world champion to UFC featherweight king.
“My UFC debut I found out 9 weeks out,” McGregor tweeted. “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.
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.
Proper Twelve baby! All day!
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 5, 2021
“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 is set to return to the Octagon at UFC 264 on July 10, when he and Dustin Poirier will compete for a third and likely final time.
The Irishman suffered the first TKO defeat of his MMA career when Poirier stopped him in the second round of their January rematch.
McGregor’s hunger in recent years has been questioned by many – UFC President Dana White included – but ‘The Notorious’ is eager to get back to basics and prove that he still has plenty to give to the sport.