Conor McGregor Coach Blames Non-Reptilian Weight Gain:
Conor McGregor has been using all the usual excuses for why he lost to Nate Diaz in their first match, but this is something we’ve never heard before!
According to The Notorious’ coach, McGregor didn’t starve himself enough to get into battle mode. Apparently, while he was too busy chowing on delicious food, he was getting too fat and happy to properly prepare for his fight and get in the right mindset.
Let’s see if these diet changes make the difference in the grudge match at UFC 202!
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Get full details of what The Notorious’ coach had to say about his diet being to blame for his loss to Diaz
It’s not unusual for a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter to register a poor performance after enduring a difficult weight cut, but it now appears the best of the best can also be felled by not having a difficult weight cut, as evidenced by Conor McGregor’s submission loss to Nate Diaz.
Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.
It seems the decision to abandon the featherweight class for a chance to throw hands at lightweight — then eventually welterweight when Rafael dos Anjos took a vacation from his foot — left “Notorious” fat, lazy, and drunk on luxuries not afforded to starving reptiles.
Coach John Kavanagh emotes to The 42:
Not having to cut weight for the fight against Diaz was supposedly helpful, but in hindsight it was undoubtedly a hindrance. Cutting weight may not be much fun, but it does serve as a reminder that you’re preparing for a fight. It focuses the mind and has been an enormous part of what we’ve been doing. Without that ritual, things were just weird. It left us all in an unusual state of mind. The routine we had established was suddenly absent. The need to cut weight gets the fighter in the zone and lets them know that a fight is on the horizon. If a person is starving, they’re in survival mode. It focuses the mind and taps into the reptilian part of the brain. When Conor is cutting weight, he views his opponent as an obstacle in the way of his next meal. It’s a primal thing. On the other hand, when you’ve eaten a good dinner, all you want to do is relax in front of the TV. The fire in your belly is replaced by food. Being stuffed isn’t conducive to maintaining a competitive mindset.
Even for his next welterweight fight, Conor’s diet will be strict. We’ve accepted now that it’s an important element of his preparation, so you can expect him to come in on weigh‐in day at around 165lb. No cheesecakes this time! It will be nutrition geared specifically towards performance.