Conor McGregor sparring footage for Dustin Poirier fight leaked with fans less than impressed by UFC legend

FOOTAGE of Conor McGregor sparring ahead of his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier has been released.

The former two-division champion set up shop in California for the final weeks of his UFC 264 rubber match with The Diamond, flying out a select few of his team-mates and sparring partners.

However, unlike most of his previous fights, not much training footage of The Notorious was released before the bout.

But a video of the Irishman getting some rounds in with Bellator lightweight Nicolo Solli has started doing the rounds on social media.

McGregor, 33, was light on his feet and showcased good head movement as Italian Solli tried to find his chin.

But some MMA fans weren't impressed by what they saw of the Dubliner's sparring session.

One said: "Either he’s extremely exhausted in this video or he’s lost more skill than I had thought.. hopefully, the first."

Another said: "You can really see his bounce is gone."


And another said: "This stuff has gotten him in trouble in both fights with Dustin, it’s a dumb habit, who is just going to allow you to duck forward and grab both their hands without attacking you."

One remarked: "Sad, it’s like he’s entered the Micky Rourke / Fat Elvis phase of his career."

Some fans were, however, impressed by McGregor's nifty footwork, with one saying: "He’s just fun to watch throw a punch."

And another said: "Conor looked so smooth man. Begs the question just how good is @DustinPoirierto still 10-8 his a**."

McGregor is currently recovering from the horrific broken leg he suffered in the ill-fated first round of his third clash with Poirier.

A long way to go yet but a massive personal boost for me today!

The UFC's poster boy shattered his left tibia and fibula in the final seconds of the Sin City showdown, which he lost via TKO.

Ireland's first UFC champion is expected to be on the sidelines until next July, although he's making a fast than anticipated recovery.

Mystic Mac took his first steps since fight night last month by putting 50 per cent of his body weight on his injured leg while using an anti-gravity treadmill.

McGregor shared a video of the latest development to his Instagram page, writing: "Today is a momentous day!!!

"I walked for the first time since surgery. Bearing 50% of my big bodyweight!

"I also done it in the brand new 'Irish Green' Virgil Louis Abloh’s!

"A long way to go yet but a massive personal boost for me today!

"Thank you all for the continued support everyone. God bless, happy Saturday."


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