Coach Roddy: Conor McGregor Is In Shape Of His Life Ahead Of UFC 257

Coach Owen Roddy says former UFC two-division champion Conor McGregor is looking phenomenal ahead of his fight against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 next month.

McGregor has not fought since finishing ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in the first round at UFC 246 in January. ‘The Notorious’ had planned to fight at least thrice in 2020, but his plans were ruined by the coronavirus outbreak. Now that things seem to moving in the right direction, the 32-year-old has focused all his energies on his training.

McGregor’s In Top Shape

Speaking to The Bash Podcast (as transcribed by The Mac Life), McGregor’s striking coach Roddy revealed that the Irishman is in the best shape he has ever seen him in.

“Honest to god, just a f***ing stone-cold killer,” Roddy said. “He’s in the best shape I’ve ever seen him in my entire life. The [McGregor Fast team] are just working tirelessly … He’s like a very finely tuned machine. You can see it. He looks phenomenal. He’s in a good place, he’s in a happy place. I just can’t wait to see him to it again, it’s going to be a great fight with him and Poirier.”

The Better Fighter

The first time the two met at UFC 178 in 2014, McGregor made easy work of Poirier, finishing him under two minutes of the first round. Both fighters have come a long way since then, but coach Roddy believes that Conor still has the upper hand over his opponent.

“I think Poirier has improved an awful lot since that first fight,” Roddy said. “I think Conor has improved more since then. They’re definitely two better fighters than when they first met, but I still think Conor is just the better fight. He’s too precise. Poirier, his skills have definitely improved. His hands are very good, he’s tough, he’s durable and he sets a good pace, but I just don’t see where he beats Conor. I don’t see it. Conor’s just too good everywhere. Too precise, too clinical with his striking.”

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