Newly emerged footage shows absolutely brutal Conor McGregor training montage
Conor McGregor has certainly had a successful year. The Irish-born mixed martial arts fighter is estimated to have earned just shy of $100 million in last year, and isn't exactly quiet about it. Always getting into trouble and with a hell of a lot of bravado to boot, he's become one of the biggest stars in the sport for a reason.
In 2017, McGregor was the most searched athlete on Google in the US, undoubtedly because of his recent forays into unexplored avenues. He even stepped out of the sport to take on Floyd Mayweather in the boxing ring, with the event becoming the highest-grossing fight of all time. And while he lost, he looks like he's living pretty well off the stupendous amount of money he made, and is happy to go in the ring for a re-match.
Back in November, at Glasgow's An Evening with the Notorious Conor McGregor, he spoke about Mayweather and his odds at beating him in the future:
"What’s sickening me is that the little [expletive] is retired now. That’s what sickening me.
"I know if I went another go with him, under boxing rules, I'd get that win. I know that. I know after feeling him in that first fight, he had to change his whole approach. He fought completely different than he fought (before). He couldn’t figure out what I was doing early on. I feel with the lessons I learned, if I had another go around, I'd get it."
"Originally he [Mayweather] said an MMA bout next. He was talking about an MMA fight next," McGregor continued. "That's what he said before the fight. So, what’s that about?"
However, whether or not Mayweather and McGregor reunite to fight it out in one sport or another, McGregor still has plenty of work to get on with. Next month he will be facing off against Khabib Nurmagomedov, the current UFC lightweight champion.
UFC 229 takes place on October 6, and will see McGregor's fight headline the night. McGregor captured the lightweight title at UFC 205 back in 2016, but never defended the title, as he took time off last year due to the birth of his first son. It looks to be a popular night for fans of the sport, and an intense match between the two champions.
However, there hasn't exactly been much fanfare so far - at least, until McGregor released this montage of his training for the fight:
In the clip above, which the star shared without a caption to his Instagram page, McGregor can be seen doing drills, sparring, and conditioning.
Dropping this training montage may be the beginning of the hype cycle, but so far neither McGregor nor Nurmagomedov has said much about the fight. The UFC is reportedly frustrated with the lack of promotion over the upcoming fight, but this is likely to change once the first press conference comes around, knowing McGregor's personality.