Published On: Wed, Jan 8th, 2020

Conor McGregor coach lifts lid on UFC 246 training camp, including perplexing approach | UFC | Sport

Conor McGregor has been at the forefront of devising the game plan for his showdown with Donald Cerrone, the Irishman’s head coach John Kavanagh has revealed. McGregor will lock horns with the future UFC hall-of-famer a week on Saturday in the main event of UFC 246 in Las Vegas.

As has been the norm for his entire mixed martial arts career, McGregor has conducted his training camp for his eagerly-anticipated return at SBG Ireland under the watchful eye of Kavanagh – though the final stages of this camp are currently taking place in Las Vegas.

But unlike the camps of years gone by, McGregor is the one calling the shots when it comes to what work needs to be put in.

“With Conor’s fighting IQ, with Conor’s understanding of the game, really, this training camp is about all of us getting out of his way,” the SBG Ireland head coach told The MacLife.

“Provide him an environment where he gets different looks, different feels, and support him.

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He said: “It’s a real return to smiling on the mat, enjoying it, having fun. And it’s cliche to say, but a happy fighter is a dangerous fighter.

“He just seems really happy with his life and his training and with the environment that we have here and competing again and having those exchanges and so on and so on.

“I think this is going to be the best he’s ever been.”

McGregor himself has enjoyed his 12th UFC training camp, which he believes is markedly better than the one he had for his UFC 229 grudge match with Khabib Nurmagomedov.

“That last camp was horrendous and I have no one to blame but myself and I did blame myself and made the corrections,” McGregor told the MacLife.

“Thankfully I have a strong team behind me that are pushing me and guiding me the right way and I’m guiding myself, that’s the main thing.

“Fighting is always close to my mind now, and I know I’ve got many businesses that are thriving at the minute but fighting is my bread and butter and that is what I’m focusing on.”

McGregor’s showdown with Cerrone will be his first bout in over 15 months, his last coming against Nurmagomedov in October 2018.

The Irishman is hoping to have a busy 2020, setting his sights on three Octagon outings.

The UFC’s first simultaneous two-weight champion added: “For me, I’m in my old frame of mind.

“I just want consistency. I want competition.

It’s what I love to do. To be in that healthy state of mind and my body also. That’s it. Whoever, wherever.”

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