McGregor spoke with ESPN recently and detailed some things that he is correcting for a rematch with Diaz that he is hoping will be put together soon, and under the same exact conditions of their fight meeting in the Octagon.
“What kind of fighter would I be, if I said, ‘Hey, I didn’t get you at 170, let me try to get you at 155,’” McGregor said. “I’ll make my adjustments. I ate up to the weight. This time, I won’t do that.”
McGregor reminds everyone that he did well before he was submitted in the second round, bloodying Diaz up and landing solid shots, but says he gassed himself out in doing so.
“The first eight minutes of the fight was easy,” McGregor said. “Let’s be honest, I slapped the head off him. Once the gas tank went, that was it. I drowned. He landed that one punch that rang the bell and went, ‘[Gasp,] I’m back.’ He was close to being done. One or two more shots and he would have been wrapped up.
“Swinging on gymnastic rings on fight week isn’t the best thing. Usually, I wrap myself in bubble wrap and only do fight-specific things, but just because of that weight, no weight cut, I had put it in my head that, ‘I’m free.’ I had energy to burn. I was doing so much bounce footwork, the balls of my feet were burned to a crisp. Looking back, it was ridiculous. I don’t know what I was thinking.”
ESPN reports that McGregor is working with experts to monitor his cardio and will be working non-stop with his nutritionist even if he will not have to cut any weight for another welterweight fight with Diaz.
“Look at me right now,” McGregor said. “Fish, red cabbage, asparagus — I’m nowhere near a fight, and I’m on the clock with nutrition.”