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'I'm on weight right now, I've had two breakfasts' - McGregor enjoying life as a welterweight

The first episode of ‘Embedded’ for UFC 196 has landed.

Source: UFC - Ultimate Fighting Championship/YouTube

WITHOUT THE SIGNIFICANT burden of having to shed the pounds in order to make featherweight (145lbs), Conor McGregor appears to be having a particularly enjoyable time as he prepares for Saturday night’s bout against Nate Diaz in Las Vegas.

McGregor is making the jump up to welterweight (170lbs) for this weekend’s UFC 196 headliner against Diaz, following the late withdrawal of his original opponent, Rafael dos Anjos, due to injury.

The UFC has released the first episode of its ‘Embedded’ series ahead of Saturday’s event, and it begins with McGregor going through some drills with Ido Portal, his movement coach, at a gym in Hermosa, California.

McGregor’s team, which also includes fellow UFC fighter Artem Lobov, then head for some food at a Brazilian BBQ restaurant, where the UFC featherweight champion tucks into a sizeable meal — something he’d normally be unable to do this close to a fight.

“I’m on weight right now,” McGregor says. “I’ve had two breakfasts. I feel really good. I enjoy movement so it’s nice when you can put some food in your belly and go and move. We just trained for four-and-half hours straight there and I’m still full of energy. I was debating what next. That’s a good thing.”

McGregor added: “I don’t have to worry about weight, I don’t have to worry about nothing. Just keep the body loose, keep the body sharp, go in and put this man away.”

Nate Diaz doesn’t make an appearance in this opening episode, but it does feature UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm and challenger Miesha Tate, who’ll meet in Saturday night’s co-main event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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