Conor McGregor's Coach Reveals What We'll See From Fighter Vs Donald Cerrone
Conor McGregor is expected to be in prime condition, the sort he had for his win over Nate Diaz at welterweight, for his return to the octagon, that's according to coach Owen Roddy.
When McGregor gets back into the octagon for the first time in nearly 16 months at UFC 246 it will be to fight Donald Cerrone at welterweight.
The former two weight world champion has only fought at 170 lbs twice in his career, both against Diaz, and Roddy believes that against Cerrone we'll see the same fighter as the second of those fights, "Looking at the second fight with Nate Diaz fight, that's what you're going to see. It's that Conor," the coach told the Eurobash podcast.
Roddy explained why being at the heavier weight was an advantage, adding, "He's been at this weight for a while. He's used to training at this weight; grappling and sparring, running and doing the miles.
"His body knows how to move that weight around now and he knows how to move it around quickly.
"There's no killing himself to make weight and there's no limit calories in the last three weeks of camp trying to get down to weight...that's gone.
"Now, he's just focusing on his training, doing what he's doing, looking at his opponent and breaking him down and dismantling him in the fight."
The coach also believes the 31-year-old fighter is back to enjoying himself in the octagon saying, "I think it's great seeing Conor back enjoying what he's doing, that's the more important thing for me, for everybody and for Conor.
"You can see it in him - he's enjoying it."
The Notorious has had a very stop start few years in MMA as he took a break from the sport, had a professional boxing fight, and then returned for his loss against Khabib Nurmagomedov, it means his last win in the octagon came over three years ago, when he beat Eddie Alvarez.
Dana White has hinted that McGregor may get his rematch with his Russian rival, should he beat Cerrone and Khabib beat Tony Ferguson, but there's other fights around for him too.
Jorge Masvidal has also suggested that a fight with the Notorious could be in his future and two high profile wins at welterweight could put McGregor on the path to a shot at a third UFC title.
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