Conor McGregor is “unrecognisable” from his first UFC fight against Nate Diaz, according to his coach as he said the MMA star is approaching his "physical prime".
The Notorious is in the last two weeks of preparations for his first time back in the Octagon since last January where he saw off Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds.
Taking on Poirier nearly six-and-a-half years since his victory over the lightweight, the 32-year-old has been pulling out all the stops to get ready.
It has seen McGregor take on a new leaner diet – and it is clearly making the difference.
Images have emerged from the Irishman’s rematch victory over Nate Diaz in August 2016, which shows him with a muscular figure.
But his latest Instagram post from training in Dubai shows The Notorious looking even leaner.
Veins bulge from his biceps while the 32-year-old has barely an ounce of fat on him, making for
And this has been noticed by head coach John Kavanagh, who suggested that McGregor would be at his best for the Poirier rematch.
Speaking to YouTube channel TheMacLife last month, he said: “I just think you have to look at his physical appearance for a start.
“My dad keeps ringing me scared that Conor’s after putting on too much weight because he looks like a tank at this stage.
“But weight is on track. Everything’s on track both physically and mentally.
“We actually came across a video of him from after the first Diaz fight, however long ago that was.
“He’s almost unrecognisable looking at the difference between the fights.
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“He’s really developed as a professional athlete and at 32, he’s entering his physical and mental prime. So we’re in for some good times.”
McGregor has been required to reduced his weight to a maximum of 155lb for the lightweight division.
This was the division that he lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov in two years ago – and the Irishman was mocked by his former rival’s manager ahead of the Poirier rematch.
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