ByJustin Golightly, writer at
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Conor McGregor seems to be coming out of the gate with nothing but a calm, confidence as he sets out to face Nate Diaz again.

This is something he will need, considering Diaz has the advantage of a previous victory coming into the rematch. McGregor doesn't see that as a problem though, and furthermore, claims he isn't even worried about Nate Diaz's slick, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

“I don’t think the difference between us in that fight was the jiu-jitsu; I think it was the durability, the endurance, the experience,” McGregor said on a recent UFC 202 conference call. “I think that was the difference. When we were both fresh, I ended up in the mat and caught that kick and he did that takedown he does, and I swept him."

That much is true, however McGregor's coach John Kavanagh didn't seem to think that was the right thing to do in the moment.

One could argue that Nate Diaz may have got caught, but was completely fine to go with the sweep in order to lure McGregor into a submission. Much like how the legend Fedor Emelianenko was slain at the hands of Fabricio Werdum.

Either way, McGregor has brought in many different people to help train for this camp. Specifically, Marcelo Garcia black belt Dillon Danis was flown out from New York, to Ireland and finally Las Vegas in order to tighten McGregor's ground game.

“I am confident on the mat with Nate. After that, I’ve brought in heavier people, more experienced jiu-jitsu people, to come in and push me daily. I will be experienced for his jiu-jitsu in the later rounds,” McGregor said.

Check out the latest footage of McGregor rolling in camp below.


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