Tuesday 27 September 2016

Conor McGregor bares all for the cover of ESPN magazine body issue

Published 05/07/2016 | 16:16

Conor McGregor is on the cover of this month's ESPN Body Issue
Conor McGregor is on the cover of this month's ESPN Body Issue

Conor McGregor has bared all for ESPN's Body Issue for July and has praised his Irish genes for his success in the fighting game.

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The UFC featherweight champion was as confident as ever for the photoshoot which took place in an empty warehouse.

The Crumlin native believes his Irish heritage gives him an advantage in mixed-martial-arts.

"I tell you what, them Irish genes are good. They've served me well. We are made tough. We are made of steel. So I have no doubt the blood in my genes, the Irish blood in me has definitely stood me. My family's lineage, we are warriors. The McGregor clan, we are warriors all through. We are famous all through the world for our fighting capabilities of all generations. So I have no doubt that's stood to me and that led me down this path and gave me what I have," he said.

The Dubliner is well known for trash talking as well as his fighting skills and he believes there are three methods for beating an opponent.

"Verbal warfare is another form of warfare, so I look to engage in that 100 percent. It's just part of the game," he added.

"It's part of the business. You beat him verbally, you beat him mentally and then finally you beat him physically. That's the three ways to beat a man."

McGregor suffered his first defeat in the UFC back in March when he went up two weight divisions to fight Nate Diaz but is confident that he can turn the tables when he meets the American at UFC 202 in August.

"There ain't many people going up 25 pounds to fight on the drop of a hat, in nine days. I rocked up to 170 [for the Diaz fight in March]. Never fought at 170 in my life. I rocked up no problem. I slapped the head off of him for nine minutes of that fight. Look at his face. I busted him up. With the correct tank, the correct approach, I'm going to cakewalk this next one if we can get to that point."

The pair will come face-to-face at a press event in Las Vegas on Thursday.

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