Conor McGregor is somewhere out there, running hard in the 110-degree Las Vegas heat and not giving a damn about it. In fact, he loves it — loves sweating and grinding and pushing himself at a pace the rest of us can’t imagine. The unbearable summer heat is nothing more than another obstacle to overcome.
McGregor conquers it.
By the time he comes strolling into his seven-bedroom, eight-bathroom rental home in Henderson — his McMansion, as he calls it — he’s dripping with perspiration but barely breathing hard. Seven miles he runs, plus a stop at a local playground for some pull-ups on the monkey bars, push-ups and sit-ups. Exhausting for sure, but it’s all a part of his preparation.
The days can’t turn fast enough, but McGregor embraces them anyway. By the time he faces Chad Mendes at UFC 189 on Saturday night — two contenders vying for the UFC interim featherweight title — he will have spent more than two months living and training in Southern Nevada, his home away from home.
It’s not Dublin. Nothing will ever replace his homeland, but this will do just fine.
Thumbnail photo via Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports Images
Thumbnail photo via Jan 18, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Conor McGregor makes his way to the ring for his featherweight bout against Dennis Siver (not pictured) during UFC Fight Night at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports