Conor McGregor is cutting no corners in the buildup to his rematch with Nate Diaz according to his coach John Kavanagh, who outlined the military like regime McGregor is following.
The Notorious suffered his first loss in the octagon back in March, after gassing out early and subsequently losing via a rear naked choke - but it seems for the first time ever, McGregor's training is now taking on a more structured approach, specifically tailored for his opponent.
The reigning UFC featherweight champion seemed to have developed a habit of rolling out of bed late, and his training schedule would mirror how we felt on that specific day - but that has all changed now according to coach Kavanagh.
Speaking on ESPN's Five Rounds podcast, Kavanagh said:
If I was to sum it up, there's order to this training camp . There's no chaos. Everything is very disciplined, very military style. Beforehand, it was kind of done on Conor's whim, how he felt on a certain day.
This training camp has been based on cycles. Every day, we start at 1 p.m. sharp. In the evenings, we do cardio training. Everything is measured, nothing is left to 'How you feeling?' We have a performance doctor taking care of the performance side of things, I'm taking care of the fighting side of things, everybody is working together and nothing we've done before comes close to comparison for this one.
McGregor will meet Nate Diaz in the highly anticipated welterweight rematch at UFC 202 in August, and John Kavanagh thinks the fight feels bigger than McGregor's featherweight unification bout with Jose Aldo at UFC 194.
McGregor delivered the fastest KO in a UFC title fight history, knocking longtime featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo out in just 13 seconds. But Kavanagh said the Irishman's legacy is on the line when he meets Nate Diaz for a second time.
"This fight actually feels bigger to me than the [Jose Aldo title fight at UFC 194], if I'm being honest. I really feel this will sum up a lot of what the gym stands for and of course, Conor's legacy as well."
UFC 202 is set to be an incredible night of fights, headlined by Nate Diaz v Conor McGregor 2. But with a number of exciting fights on the card, including Anthony Johnson v Glover Teixeira and Donald Cerrone v Rick Story - mark August 20th on your calendars.