CONOR McGREGOR has released never-before-seen footage of his last sparring session before he beat Donald Cerrone on his UFC comeback.
Footage of McGregor's final preparations before his 40-second KO against 36-year-old Cerrone have been uploaded on to TheMacLife, the media company owned by the UFC star.
Looking for something to watch during self-isolation? How about Conor McGregor’s (@thenotoriousmma) final sparring session ahead of UFC 246 earlier this year? . Full video through the LINK IN BIO.
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In the video, the 31-year-old Irishman hits pads with striking coach Owen Roddy before a few rounds of sparring.
As he was just a week out from fighting, the spars are light, but McGregor's accuracy and speed was on show as he landed some eye-catching shots.
Afterwards the southpaw – who was without a UFC win for three years at that point – admitted he was struggling to hold back his energy as he grew in anticipation.
McGregor said: "Now I'm trying to hold it, right? I just wanna go now, I'm up for a fight.
"This is the part where you've got to hold it, to bottle it in there, and then release it in there."
McGregor made his octagon return at welterweight, deciding to eliminate his otherwise gruelling weight cut to lightweight.
And the former two-division champion beamed as he revealed his stress-free training camp which involved enhancing his power.
McGregor added: "Happy days, phenomenal camp. I just want to fight, man. I've been training for it for so long now.
"Usually when you're cutting weight you don't feel that, you've got the weight cut to worry about, so this is a little new to me.
"I'm just eager to go, so they're trying to pull me back on the reigns and I'm just raring to go."
McGregor's choice to move up a division paid off following his first round win, and despite winning at welterweight UFC boss Dana White promised the Irishman a rematch against lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov.
But The Notorious' road back to the title has taken a hit after Nurmagomedov's defence against Tony Ferguson was axed amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Now Justin Gaethje – who was in talks to face McGregor – will fight Ferguson for the interim belt, with the winner then unifying against Nurmagomedov, leaving The Notorious in the lurch.
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