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Conor McGregor explains changes to coaching team for Dustin Poirier trilogy

Conor McGregor has confirmed he has ditched his boxing coach for his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier.

The Irishman had been reunited with amateur trainer Phil Sutcliffe for his previous two fights; his win over Donald Cerrone and his defeat by Poirier in January.

But having admitted to overlooking Poirier and instead preparing for a potential boxing fight with ring legend Manny Pacquiao, McGregor has returned to his mixed martial arts roots.

And as a result, Sutcliffe will not be in the corner at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

“John [Kavanagh] and [Owen] Roddy and my two FAST coaches [Dr Julian Dalby and Colin Byrne],” McGregor told BT Sport when asked who would be in his corner. “[It will be] like a spar, its solely mixed martial arts this camp, there have been no distractions.

Conor McGregor has adjusted his team

“The corner is what it is, it is what it has always been, the extra addition will be the FAST coach who does the clock for me in sparring so it’ll be all familiar to sparring.

“The last camp was 75 per cent boxing, even 80 per cent preparation for Manny Pacquiaio.

“I had a whole team of people who were specifically for Manny as far as body shape and all that craic.

“I like different areas but I’ve just focused on mixed martial arts; I’ve put in some great work with all my coaches over the years but I’ve dialled it in to the mixed martial arts aspect.

‘I will go through the elements, there are a lot of benefits to that stance also so I will not shut it out fully but I will mix it up for sure. There’s no point in not doing that, especially the way the last one went.”

McGregor did insist there were advantages to his boxing-centric training, but admitted it was not compatible with an MMA bout.

“I got a lot of benefits from it, my punches were crisp,” he added. “[But] if you’re doing multiple spars and some of those heavy spars are boxing spars, your MMA spars are not going to be… it was hard to fit them both in at the same time.”

McGregor did rock Poirier in the first round of their rematch and was awarded the opening session by each of the three judges at cageside.

But he was stopped in the second round as Poirier earned his revenge for his own stoppage defeat seven years earlier.

And McGregor has promised a violent end to the third – and final – instalment.

“Every shot I have thrown in this camp is a kill shot, so that’s it. I’m going to kill this man,” he vowed.

“Just a slaughter and a play with a scared little boy. He’s fighting scared like he always does, like they always do against me, so now I’m going to play with the little boy, play with me food, and then just devour it.”




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