Mixed martial artists are an obsessed bunch and UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor is well known for his dedication to the training aspect of the sport and the mental game that comes along with it.
The Irishman tasted defeat inside the octagon for the first time at UFC 196 in early March, victim to Nate Diaz’s honed jiu-jitsu skills, eventually tapping to a rear-naked choke in the second round of their welterweight contest. McGregor’s intent to right a wrong was clear when a rematch – at the same weight – was confirmed for UFC 200 this July.
His obsession with the loss and his upcoming shot at redemption didn’t suddenly emerge weeks after the fight but mere minutes, this according to Audie Attar, president of Paradigm Sports Management and McGregor’s manager(via MMAFighting).
Attar stated that shortly after the fight, McGregor got back to his locker room, picked up his smartphone and looked at the full fight roughly 20 times with coach John Kavanagh.
“Obsessed,” Attar said. “Obsessed with it.”
The upcoming fight with Diaz will be contested again at 170-pounds and will headline the July show in Las Vegas. McGregor started his fight camp for the bout this week and coach Kavanagh gave fans a peek on Instagram of “The Notorious” improving his cardio.
Check out the UFC 200 card as it stands below:
- Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor
- José Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar (for interim featherweight title)
- Miesha Tate vs. Amanda Nunes (for woman’s bantamweight title)
- Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne
- Johny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum
- Gegard Mousasi vs. Derek Brunson
- Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Lauzon
- Sage Northcutt vs. Enrique Marín
- Takanori Gomi vs. Jim Miller
- Cat Zingano vs. Julianna Peña
UFC 200 takes place on July 9th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.