Conor Anthony McGregor (born 14 July 1988) is an Irish professional mixed martial artist.
Like so many athletes, McGregor is an early riser. One of the first things he does when he gets out of bed is to drink a tall glass of cold water. Still water and coconut water are his go-to drinks, helping him remain hydrated.
After drinking his water and getting the sleep out of his eyes, Conor attends to his personal needs and then gets ready for breakfast.
He sticks to a pretty strict diet, eating as healthily as he can most of the time. His diet is pretty much what you would expect from an MMA fighter: high protein, low carbs, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, with plenty of water throughout the day.
An example of what might be on Conor’s breakfast table includes fresh eggs, bananas, and some leafy green vegetables.
In the afternoon, he focuses on training. Unlike other mixed martial artists, McGregor has made it abundantly clear that he does not like to stick to a rigid workout routine. Instead, he prefers a more spontaneous, free-flowing training routine.
In one of his interviews, the MMA fighter said, “For me, I notice with other people, they have a set time – you need to be in the gym at 12, 12 to 1:30, then they go off and do something and come back at a set time. I don’t do that. I train when I feel like training. I operate on my own time.”
In that same interview, he also told the magazine, “In the early days, I had regimenting, but I did not like it. Sometimes you go to the gym and you don’t feel like going to the gym. You’re not going to learn something in that time because your mind is not there, and you’re also risking injury.”
This approach to training certainly seems to have worked well for Conor, given the huge success he has achieved over his career.
After spending the afternoon training — loosely, as stated — he eats dinner.
While meals vary, it’s pretty much always healthy and well-balanced. An example of a dinner that McGregor might eat includes low-fat organic meat, such as salmon, steak, or chicken, and more fresh vegetables.
After dinner, he attends to obligations and commitments, such as interviews and public appearances. He also tries to spend as much time with his family as he possibly can, and also meet up with his buddies to enjoy some downtime and just be “one of the guys”.
McGregor doesn’t have a set bedtime, although he does try to turn in at a reasonable hour. Regardless of when he turns in, he makes it a point to drink a protein shake before bed.
To build muscle, trainer Alejandro Celdrán said McGregor needed at least 130 to 180 grams of protein per day, or about .7-1 gram per pound of body weight, according to ABC. As a result, each plate of food was comprised of about 40% protein, 30% vegetables, and the final 30% from carbohydrates.
For breakfast, McGregor would eat cereal and eggs, with a mid-morning snack of fruit, honey, and a salad, according to AS.
His main meal would often be chicken with rice and a veggie, like asparagus. For dinner, McGregor often enjoyed an Irish stew of meat and potatoes.
McGregor also drank shakes to round out his diet with liquid calories. He’ll consume two a day, according to AS — a vanilla and peanut butter shake with his main meal, and a chocolate shake with organic tea before bed. Another favorite shake recipe is a blend of peanut butter, banana, frozen berries, and oats, according to ABC.
Although McGregor is known to enjoy the occasional drink in February 2022, he vowed to give up alcohol ahead of his UFC return.
“For my fighting fans, I want to say I know I am enjoying myself with my liquid,” McGregor wrote on Instagram.
“But very soon I will be immersing my self in full training again with complete abstention from my wonderful creations of spirit and ale. Just five more minutes Ma.”