‘He hasn’t lost a stroke’ – Conor McGregor ‘looking great’ as UFC ace returns to training ahead of comeback

CONOR McGREGOR ‘hasn’t lost a stroke’ despite missing a YEAR due to injury, according to his coach.

The Irish UFC legend, 34, has been out of action since breaking her leg in his defeat to Dustin Poirier last July.

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Conor McGregor “looks great” in training ahead of his UFC comeback, according to his coach.Photo credit: Instagram @thenotoriousmma
John Kavanagh said the

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John Kavanagh said the “silverback” had “not skipped a step” in preparation for his comeback.Photo credit: Instagram @thenotoriousmma

McGregor has been working hard to get back into the octagon over the past few months, with Kamaru Usman, Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler all linked.

Notorious has taken a huge leap towards his next fight after returning to full contact training.

And trainer John Kavanagh has revealed McGregor “looks great” in training after attending a jiu-jitsu class at his Dublin gym this week.

Kavanagh said: “He is healthy, happy and great to have him back.

“The last training sessions here in the gym were MMA-oriented – he has the all-clear for that now.

“He put in a great session last night, we put in some great laps. He didn’t lose a shot and looked great.

“Trust me, I had to wrestle with him a bit last night and I felt it…

“When that silverback arm goes around your neck, there’s an extra pressure there… it’s very, very strong right now.”

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On his return to the octagon, Kavanagh remained closed.

He added, “If we look at the weight classes and opponents, there’s no one more professional than Conor at making weight and it’s all done right.”

However, Kavanagh was full of praise for McGregor’s attitude – comparing his jiu-jitsu class to Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi rocking out in the park for a kickabout.

The trainer continued, “He just comes in and takes a regular jiu-jitsu class and you have guys on the mat there who’ve only been training for a few months.

“So imagine a group of guys kicking around in the park, and then Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo comes along and says, ‘Hey, I’m in.’

“It really raises everyone’s attitude on the mat.”

Kavanagh is hoping fans will finally start looking past Notorious’ ‘glittery’ persona – and has lifted the lid on the real Conor McGregor.

He concluded: “I always tell people they see that kind of achievement as part of his personality.

“It’s two or three times a year, at the press conferences, and it’s all very loud and glitzy and glamorous and fun, but it’s the 52-weeks-a-year type of thing that part of me wishes was some people would know him more .

“The way he walks on the mat, he gives everyone a handshake and is always incredibly respectful of me as a coach, saying ‘yes sir and no sir’ and standing up at the end of class when everyone bows.

“He has this true kind of martial arts personality. He comes in and approaches the workout with such focus and positive energy and really puts his all into every exercise.

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“And then, of course, he’s always incredibly generous with his praise, and it’s very well received.

“He’s a very special part of the whole gym, and I say my life.”

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