The Irish fighter spoke about how his training methods have changed since his first UFC defeat
As UFC 205 approaches, Conor McGregor has been shifting his preparations up a gear and speaking about the changes he has made as he challenges for the lightweight strap.
The Dublin fighter has frequently spoken about the learning process he went through in the wake of his defeat to Nate Diaz at UFC 196, and just how much he reassessed his training methods.
After an improved performance that saw him claim victory at UFC 202 in a fight that has since gone down as one of the best in the promotion's history, McGregor has a huge degree of confidence in how his new techniques - from sparring to cardio - have once again shown him leading the pack.
"All you've got to do is look at the results from the first Diaz fight to the second fight, it took me three months to get that," said McGregor. "It took me three months to go from not lasting two rounds, to outlasting a triathlete over five rounds who has 30 pounds on me. The work we're doing [...] everything is monitored, nothing is guesswork. There's no guesswork here. Everything is true now. Here we are once again changing the game. Watch them follow suit."
Speaking in SBG ahead of the fight in New York against Eddie Alvarez, the Irishman claimed that the fight won't be going the distance, as he doesn't think his opponent is built to withstand that type of punishment.
"I don't think [Alvarez] is going to last anywhere near the fifth round," said McGregor. "If he does, he'll never fight again. I'll take my hat off to his heart, but he'll be like me, he'll never, ever, ever be the same again. But if he does make it to the fifth, that's when I take off, I'm sprinting in the fifth. We're ready."
In a defiant mood, he also hit out at the fighters who have been calling him our or taking shots at him through the media, adding that once he beats Alvarez, there won't be anyone left to fight.
"Who has gone out there, time and time again, back to back to back to back, putting it all on the line and continuing to show up? They don't say I'm all talk. I look at them and say they're all talk, because I'm the one in there fighting every week.
"I only just had a five round war against a guy three times the size of me, and now I'm back again. All I hear is complaining, bitching, moaning. You want this, you want what I got? You've got to put in the f***in' work, and as far as I see, no one is putting in the work.
"Everyone's thinking: 'Just because Conor has it, I should have it.' No, no. I didn't always have it. There's a reason I have it. I had to work my f***ing b****cks off to get it, and here I am still working while they're talking."