Conor McGregor looks in sensational shape for his rematch with Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 and has his nutritionist to thank for it.
The former featherweight and lightweight world champion returns to face Dustin Poirier from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi on January 23.
Despite their first fight taking place more than six years ago, there is huge interest in this fight considering how both men have evolved and achieved so much since.
The biggest and most obvious difference is the fact it is taking place at a new weight class where both men are far more comfortable, with both Poirier and McGregor enjoying tremendous success at 155lbs.
Although the Irishman has fought as high as 170lbs in the past, arguably his greatest performances inside the cage have come as a lightweight – against Ivan Buchinger in 2012 and against Eddie Alvarez in 2016.
Before his return on Fight Island, nutritionist Tristan Kennedy revealed what Conor McGregor is eating to pack on the pounds.
He told ESPN: “His diet consists of lean sources of protein: chicken, fish, salmon, beef, eggs.
“We have a great balanced diet. From multiple protein sources, multiple carbohydrate sources of wholesome foods. And that’s the key”.
Kennedy continued in his interview, adding: “We’re going into our final few weeks on point. We’ve started the gradual descent for a few weeks now.
“It has not been mad drastic in terms of calorie cuts.
CONOR MCGREGOR’S DIET FOR UFC 257
UFC 257 is just over two weeks away, with ‘The Notorious’ going toe-to-toe with American Dustin Poirier to headline the event in Abu Dhabi’s ‘Fight Island
Breakfast: Oats with eggs and green vegetables
Morning snack: Fruit and herb salad with organic honey
Lunch: Chicken, rice and asparagus
Afternoon Snack: McGregor FAST vanilla whey protein shake with nut butter
Dinner: Irish lamb stew and potatoes
Night-time snack: McGregor FAST chocolate whey protein balls with organic tea.
“We have to, again, make sure he’s fuelled. Make sure he performs in training.
“You don’t want these camps to turn into fat camps where it’s just calorie restriction and then the athlete can’t train”.