Cape Town - Conor McGregor has nothing on his mind but revenge. Set to
take on the man who beat him at UFC 196, Nate Diaz, he
looks to get his vengeance at UFC 202 in the highly anticipated
Speaking at a night dedicated to his head coach John
Kavanagh's new book, "Win or Learn", McGregor is more than confident
that this second fight will be a different story.
"I'm feeling very confident in myself
that I'll go in and I'll toy with this man," McGregor said. "Eight
minutes of the fight, I was toying with him. That fadeaway left hand that he
caught me with, my senses were still there. It was almost like a fatigue thing
that my balance was gone.
"I always look back and question and
say, what would have happened if I would have just weathered the storm? He was one
or two shots being done, I feel. I feel when that left hand hit, he got this
burst of energy. You can see it in his corner, they went insane. It was like
they won the lotto. Then I took a couple shots and I shot [for a takedown] and
I ended up in that guillotine and then it was just downhill from there. I
wonder what would have happened if I just kept my hands up, I kept circling,
took the smacks and survived. Eventually his energy that he gained from that
left-hand shot would have dipped again and then round three would have began.
There's a lot of questions and stuff I'm confident I can improve next time. I'm
going in here confident that I will get this rematch back."
Ahead of the second fight McGregor has made some adjustments
bringing in Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Dillion Danis who is a Marcelo
Garcia black belt. Also on the list of adjustments are bringing
in boxers who are able to mimic the unorthodox style of Nate
"I didn't actually bring
in any southpaws -- not one," McGregor said. "I didn't spar with any
southpaws, because the reason we don't really care what the opponent is doing
is because they always pull out, every damn time. But this time I know Nate is
gonna show up. I know I'm gonna be facing a tall, lanky southpaw with a decent
lead hand. And that's it. And now I have brought in tall, lanky southpaws with
a solid lead hand, guys with solid jiu-jitsu credentials and John is
overlooking every session, managing every session."
McGregor (19-3) seemingly
knows the importance of the second meeting with Diaz. Making significant
training and dietary adjustments ahead of the fight he is fully confident
that they will pay off and he will avenge his only UFC loss to date.