Conor McGregor is fit and raring to go.
The Irishman returns to the octagon after 12 months away where he will once again lock horns against Dustin Poirier, but despite his absence, McGregor is ‘in the shape of his life’.
McGregor never wanted a year off from UFC. After beating Donald Cerrone in just 40 seconds 12 months ago, Notorious had planned to have an active 2020.
However, the coronavirus pandemic put paid to those dreams and the original champ-champ actually ended up retiring.
Since then, great rival Khabib Nurmagomedov has hung up his gloves, but McGregor has found his desire to return.
Most had a hunch McGregor’s retirement was only ever meant to be a negotiation tactic and he actually trained diligently throughout his hiatus.
ANd Tristin Kennedy, in an interview with ESPN, said MMA’s biggest star has never looked better.
“He’s in great shape,” the nutritionist said of McGregor. “Consistency breeds success in nutrition. When he focuses on something and gets down to it, he’s the most consistent man there is.
“On top of that, you have this hard work ethic,” Kennedy added. “I can guide the man, but I can’t eat the food for him. It’s up to him to do all that. And that’s what he does in abundance.
“He stays consistent to it. It’s that hard work and that professionalism. And then you’ll see the results. Like on social media, the kind of condition he’s in. You can see with your eye. But a lot of athletes, they look well, but it’s the performance that really matters. That’s where I take great pride when I see all these fantastic results we’re seeing in how he’s performing.
“Several people have commented already that this is the best shape he’s ever been in,” Kennedy concluded, sharing his impressions from inside Team McGregor. “They’re the people that are closest to him throughout all the camps. [Striking coach] Owen Roddy just said it. John Kavanagh just recently said it. I would absolutely agree. I guess going from what I’ve seen and what I know, the man is phenomenal and ready to take on this fight and do well.”
It’s widely believed the winner of McGregor and Poirier will go on to challenge for the UFC lightweight title, whether Khabib returns to defend it or not.