Street fighter: the diet and training plan of Conor McGregor

Top ten rules of food and fitness from the UFC featherweight champion.

Robert Chilton February 9, 2016

As UFC opens an elite new gym in Dubai's Business Bay, EDGAR goes inside the locker room to learn what the featherweight champion Conor McGregor eats, drinks and does to achieve his phenomenal physique, strength and flexibility. 

“I take a lot of time on my warm-ups, my prehabilitation. I warm up my glutes, quads, shoulders, I warm up everything correctly. I stretch out. And then I'll train for four hours.” 

He eats protein in the form of salmon, chicken, steak, plus lots of fruit and vegetables. 

“I wake up, I drink water. You do not want to drink coffee first thing in the morning. I have a banana, then I'll maybe have some breakfast a bit later, with my first coffee. 

He’ll treat himself once in a while to a piece of cake and a cup of good quality coffee.

If a suit fits wrong, it looks ridiculous. You go from looking like a guy with a career, to looking like a guy with a court date - Conor McGregor

“Look at a baby. They sleep when they want, they eat when they want – you know what I mean? They have no set clock and they learn how to walk, talk, balance — they learn everything in that short space of time. So I like to do that as well. If I feel tired, I sleep. If I feel like training, I train. That works better for me. I find I’m able to learn a lot better that way.”

No bread. 

“I do all forms of training: jujitsu, boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, taekwondo, capoeira. I'm trying to learn the different ways the body can move, and become more flexible and get more stable in all positions. Variety is the best way.” 

FACT - In 30 seconds, McGregor can do 23 pull-ups and burpees. 

No takeaways. 

“I do yoga every day. I like the tree pose with a side leg extension and the plank/side plank.” 

He eats good carbohydrates such as sweet potato and butternut squash.