Conor McGregor is training with Indian heavyweight Ramston Rodrigues to prepare for his make-or-break trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier this Summer.
The UFC legend is bringing in the big hitters to get him ready for his massive return to Vegas, and has drafted in the big Indian fighter, who is beginning his pro career, to help in camp.
McGregor added that he is standing with India in their fight with Covid-19.
“Training with India’s next heavyweight champion, Ramston Rodrigues,” he said in a post to his near-40 million followers.
“Working with Ramston, I know first hand how strong India and its people truly are!
“I stand with India in their fight through Covid. Let’s go India! We are with you, the world is with you!”
Rodrigues took to his own page to post a message about training with the former two-weight world champion, which he claims was a dream come true.
“One of my dreams was to watch the legend fight one day,” he said to his 5,300+ followers. “But fate had it that I will be sharing the mat with him.
“God’s plans cannot be explained. Thank you for the opportunity champ.”
The Irishman will return to the cage at UFC 264 on July 10th when he faces Dustin Poirier in a highly-anticipated trilogy fight after his first career knockout loss to the Louisiana native in January.
Poirier is reported to have turned down a chance to fight for the vacant lightweight title, which Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira will now vie for this weekend, in favour of a third big money matchup with McGregor.
McGregor is currently training at the UFC gym in the UAE, opting not to return to his home in Ireland following his shock defeat to Poirier at the start of the year.
His teammate James Gallagher, who fights for Bellator MMA, also opted to leave the pair’s home base at SBG HQ in Dublin, with lockdown restrictions in the country causing training to be staggered.
Former champion Conor is about to become a father for the third time, telling fans this week that pregnant fiancee Dee Devlin is due to give birth within the next few days.
After bringing his children to experience his three fight weeks since welcoming first son Conor Jr in early 2017, McGregor will leave the family at home in the build-up to this fight, claiming he wants to be a ‘wild dog’ when he faces Poirier again.