Conor McGregor showing ‘boundless energy’ in sparring despite piling on pounds for fight vs Cowboy Cerrone – The Sun

CONOR MCGREGOR is showing “boundless energy” in sparring despite bulking up for his UFC return against Donald Cerrone.

“Notorious” faces “Cowboy” at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night in a welterweight showdown.

The Irishman, 31, suffered his first loss at 170lbs against Nate Diaz after fading fast despite dominating the first round of their 2016 fight.

McGregor had claimed the featherweight world title just four months previous, and it seemed the extra weight had caused him problems.

But the fighter’s trainer John Kavanagh insists the superstar is thriving in preparation for his comeback and is delighted he does not have to cut weight so close to the contest.

Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “This far out, obviously we would be lowering the amount of calories he can have and that’s not the case.

“To give you an example; this far out we would be on fairly light, single sessions a day.

“Yesterday he did two heavy sessions and one of those sessions was a full on spar, which is incredibly unusual this close to the fight.

“But I can’t seem to tire the man out!

“He’s got boundless energy because there’s zero calorie deficit and the guys from Lockhart know what they are doing about loading someone up on energy.

“But it’s a lot of fun not having to hide every piece of food in this house from him!”

McGregor had revealed in an interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that he wanted to fight at welterweight due to not wanting to see his opponent suffer while trying to make 155lbs.

And he is confident he can provide a magical night for his legions of supporters.

He said: “I’m happy to come back and have the comeback fight of my season against Donald and I look forward to it.

“It’s going to be a good night and I’m going to shine here on January 18.

“I’m going to create magic inside the Octagon like I have many times before, but this is going to be something special.”

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