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Ido Portal says he sees ‘huge difference’ in welterweight version of Conor McGregor ahead of UFC 196

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Ido Portal believes Conor McGregor will turn heads in his welterweight debut at UFC 196.

Portal, who serves as McGregor’s personal movement coach, has worked closely with the Irish superstar for some time now, helping him prepare for both his most recent victory at UFC 194 over Jose Aldo and his current bout against Nate Diaz at UFC 196.

Now, with McGregor fighting at 170 pounds – 25 pounds heavier than the featherweight limit he competed at during UFC 194 – Portal notices differences with the UFC champ’s attitude and body alike.

“The first thing, [McGregor is] just happy, eating out, jolly, jolly man,” Portal told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “[There is a] huge difference, just, the pressure is off. Now it’s real, everything is open. All the possibilities are there. He’s energized, yeah, we can play with a lot more things closer and closer to the fights. It’s a huge difference.

“You know how the SBG gang grows, and I’m in the same mindset. They don’t really prepare for specific opponents, so we just use every minute to develop ourselves and continue to develop new skills and new patterns.”

Leading up to the fight, Portal virtually shadows McGregor, spending a considerable amount of time with him in preparation for the looming showdown. Because of this, Portal can shed insight on McGregor’s mentality and confidence levels, something he’s more than happy to do.

“I have to say, it’s [the confidence is] on another level with Conor for sure, but all of the SBG gang has this kind of mindset, Gunni [UFC welterweight Gunnar Nelson} and [UFC featherweight] Artem [Lobov] as well,” Portal said. “They’re ready to fight. They embody the martial artist, kind of always living on your ….View full article

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