UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor suffered the first loss of his UFC career to Nate Diaz this past March in Las Vegas.
Diaz submitted the Irish superstar in the second-round of their main event fight at UFC 196.
McGregor was initially supposed to fight Rafael dos Anjos for the UFC lightweight title at the event, however “RDA” was forced to withdraw from the contest with an injury.
Nate Diaz offered to step in for dos Anjos on short-notice and McGregor accepted the fight which was negotiated to take place at welterweight (170 pounds).
When the fight with Diaz became official, McGregor was forced to start eating more to make up for that weight differential, as he told MMAFighting.com:
“My body almost went into shock and I was stuffing my face and eating everything,” McGregor said.
“I was almost like, I don’t have to make weight, I can train all day long. So we were doing 6-to-8-hour sessions on fight week, swinging on gymnastic rings. Looking back, it wasn’t the best idea and it came back and bit me in the ass. … I was a little bit heavy in the midsection, I was overtrained, my diet wasn’t great and it came back and bit me in the ass. But as Coach always says, we win or we learn, and I have learned and I am focused. I’m staying on my nutrition. I’m very fight-orientated. I’m not swinging on gymnastic rings too much and I certainly won’t be doing it on fight week.”
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