Conor McGregor sounds hellbent on turning around the disappointment of UFC 257 against Dustin Poirier in their trilogy fight this weekend. The duo will battle it out on Sunday and go into the highly-anticipated clash with a win-a-piece.
Ahead of the fight, Conor McGregor told his website The MacLife that training for UFC 264 has been different to how he prepared to face Poirier last time out.
He said: “[We] just focused on mixed martial arts, first of all. It was an 85 per cent camp for boxing [before UFC 257]; for Manny Pacquiao, that’s how the fight came about.
“It was going to be a charity event, not even under the UFC banner. It was just because he was a southpaw, and I felt a bit of pity for him and whatnot, so I’d help him out. And that’s it.
“It went the way it went, and I got a setback in there, but setbacks are a beautiful thing.
“Defeat is the secret ingredient to success, I say, and it’s put me right where I need to be.”
How to listen to UFC 264 radio coverage
Fans in the UK staying up until the early hours to catch the fight this weekend could have a big day in store.
There’s a pretty big game of football going on later in the day that viewers will want to be well-rested for.
If you’re braving the night, though, you can tune into live radio coverage of McGregor vs Poirier 3 on BBC Radio 5 Live – for free.
Fans can also listen to the fight via the BBC Sounds app if they’re more about the digital life.