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Athlete Profile: Conor McGregor

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Conor McGregor is certainly a top level mix-martial artist. He is the first fighter to ever hold two belts in different weight classes simultaneously. He knocked out Jose Aldo, a Brazilian who had not lost in 10 years, in a mere 13 seconds. He has 21 wins in 24 fights over the course of his career. He was literally on the social welfare in his home country of Ireland as recent as five years ago. He is an extremely confident individual who has a cockiness and trash talking ability to him that has drawn comparisons to the legendary Muhammad Ali. It is no secret that McGregor’s level of fitness is elite.

Although eccentric and flamboyant, McGregor also exudes an all around healthy lifestyle. McGregor is an extremely disciplined man. Everyday, seemingly all day he is training in the cage and in the gym. He has always been on point in his nutrition and has never missed on a weigh in. He has a stature of 5’9 and most often fights at 145 lbs. (and occasionally at 155lbs). McGregor has even gone up to 170lbs and fought Nate Diaz twice in two epic contests. He suffered his first loss in the UFC in the first fight with Diaz in the second round. Diaz is a bigger man, at 6’0 tall, 170.

Diaz also has exceptional heart and cardio. He is known to be a vegan and a triathlete. This level of cardio was something McGregor was not very accustomed to, not to mention fighting a taller man at a heavier weight. The majority of Conor McGregor’s fights have ended with his opponent’s unconscious in the first or second round. After taking time to assess his defeat to Diaz, he sought out his revenge. Although many tried to argue and reason with him not to take the rematch, certainly not at that heavy weight, he didn’t care. He wanted the contest to be exactly as before. He consulted experts in the field of sports performance and devised a new training regime tailored to Nate Diaz.

A huge component of this new training program was to improve on his cardio which played a role in his defeat. Through his hard work, determination, and discipline he was able to come out of the rematch victorious. He won by a majority decision in what many will consider one of the best fights of all time. He was able to last 5 rounds with the bigger triathlete in Nate Diaz.

McGregor has since gone public with the work out routine he used to train for the second Diaz fight at UFC 202. He is selling the program under the name of “The MacLife F.A.S.T. Training System” (Fighter Anaerobic/Aerobic System of Training). The dedication and passion McGregor has for his craft is something very admirable for me. He is never shy to speak his mind and say outrageous things, yet is very confident and at times very humble. He serves as an inspiration and a personal hero of mine. To rise up from being a plumber, on social welfare, to the UFC, and be a star in the UFC in such a short time is truly amazing to me.

“We’re not here to take part, we’re here to take over” -Conor McGregor

I don’t believe in overnight fixes or get rich quick schemes, but I do believe that if you devote yourself full heartedly, it can cut the learning curve by using your time efficiently.

“There’s no talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession. Talent does not exist; we are all equals as human beings. You could be anyone if you put in the time. You will reach the top, and that’s that. I am not talented, I am obsessed.” -Conor McGregor