Conor McGregor enjoys welterweight life and was having full sparring sessions close to ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone fight, says coach John Kavanagh

14 Jan

John Kavanagh has allayed fears about Conor McGregor’s move to welterweight and insists the former two-weight champion is fit and raring to go ahead of his comeback.

‘The Notorious’ will take on Donald Cerrone at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night at 170lbs – which raised some serious eyebrows in the MMA community.

John Kavanagh has offered a unique insight as to how Conor McGregor is preparing for his return to welterweight
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McGregor’s first loss in the UFC was in fact in the 170lbs division against Nate Diaz when, despite dominating the first round of the March 2016 clash, the Irishman drastically faded.

Having claimed the featherweight world championship against Jose Aldo just four months earlier, the extra weight appeared to be detrimental.

Fatigue once again appeared to hinder McGregor in the subsequent rematch with Diaz and again in his boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather.

However, in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT.com – 10 days before the bout – Kavanagh insists his fighter ‘has boundless energy’ and is relishing not having to cut weight so close to the fight..

Kavanagh has worked with McGregor throughout his career thus far
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He said: “This far out, obviously we would be lowering the amount of calories he can have and that’s not the case.

“To give you an example; this far out we would be on fairly light, single sessions a day.

“Yesterday he did two heavy sessions and one of those sessions was a full on spar, which is incredibly unusual this close to the fight.

“But I can’t seem to tire the man out!

The Irishman fatigued at UFC 196 as a welterweight against Nate Diaz in 2016
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“He’s got boundless energy because there’s zero calorie deficit and the guys from Lockhart know what they are doing about loading someone up on energy.

“But it’s a lot of fun not having to hide every piece of food in this house from him!”

During an interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, McGregor insisted he asked for the fight to take place at welterweight because he does not wish to see Cerrone suffer to make 155lbs.

And the 31-year-old is confident the added weight will not detract from a show-stopping performance.

“I’m happy to come back and have the comeback fight of my season against Donald and I look forward to it,” he said.

“It’s going to be a good night and I’m going to shine here on January 18. I’m going to create magic inside the Octagon like I have many times before, but this is going to be something special.”

BT Sport Box Office will show Conor McGregor’s return to the Octagon, exclusively live on Saturday 18th January, as he takes on Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone.

UFC 246 will cost just £19.95 and can be watched on BT TV, Virgin TV, Sky, online via the web or the BT Sport Box Office App.

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