UFC 257 is closing in and all eyes are on 32-year-old Conor McGregor, who is making a return to the octagon fighting as a lightweight.
In UFC 257, McGregor will go to war with Dustin Poirier for the second time. The first meeting took place way back in 2014 when McGregor won via TKO in the first round.
Fighting in the lightweight division is new for McGregor. It will be just the third time that he’s fought in that particular UFC division.
Whoever walks away with his hand raised in this fight will get a shot this summer at the title, which was vacated by Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Fighting in a new division means changes for McGregor. He’s had to train and eat differently.
McGregor’s nutritionist Tristin Kennedy spoke about his client’s diet recently, breaking down the six small meals that McGregor eats on a daily basis.
“His diet consists of lean sources of protein: chicken, fish, salmon, beef, eggs,” Kennedy said.
“We have a great balanced diet. From multiple protein sources, multiple carbohydrate sources of wholesome foods. And that’s the key.”
Kennedy broke down the meals for McGregor, starting with a breakfast that has a combo carbs, protein and veggies.
McGregor Sample Daily Meal Plan:
Breakfast: Oats with eggs and sautéed green leafy vegetables
Mid-morning snack: Fruit and herb salad with organic honey (After a morning workout, McGregor combines both fruit and veggies with some natural sugar in the honey.)
Lunch: Chicken breast with rice and asparagus (Excellent protein source in the chicken breast and complex carbs in the rice and asparagus)
Midday snack: Vanilla whey protein shake with nut butter (More protein with the vanilla whey powder, along with some good fats in the nut butter)
Dinner: Irish lamb stew with potatoes (going back to his heritage, McGregor attacks dinner with lamb for protein, and more carbs for energy with the potatoes)
Evening snack: Homemade chocolate whey protein balls and organic tea
“Good complex carbohydrates. Good micro elements – your herbs, basil, oregano. All these things are incorporated into the diet as a whole,” Kennedy said.
We will see Saturday if the diet and training pay off for McGregor when he enters the octagon after a long layoff. If it does, we’ll then see whether he stays with this plan moving forward for the summer.