Conor McGregor’s preparation for Dustin Poirier trilogy fight questioned

Conor McGregor's training for his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier has been branded "weird" by UFC legend Chael Sonnen.

The former two-weight world champion lost his third fight with Poirier at UFC 264 on Saturday night, suffering a horror injury in the final seconds of the first round that called a premature halt to the contest.

And Sonnen believes his strange training regime may have a part to play in why he was struggling to maintain a strong position even before he broke his leg.

The former middleweight and light heavyweight title challenger claimed that he was made aware of McGregor training without any coaching for a number of weeks in Dubai, before making the move to California for the brunt of his camp.

"I must in all responsibility make sure that I disclose that I heard things," Sonnen said on his podcast 'Beyond the Fight'.

"I heard that Conor trained for this camp in Dubai, now right away I've got a big problem with that, I'm a Conor fight and I like to see Conor do well.

"I don't know that I was choosing that he would beat Dustin Poirier but I want to go see him do well, I like to see his success, I appreciate the commodity that is Conor McGregor that has to do with entertainment.

"I hear he's training in Dubai and it p***es me off – why? They don't fight in Dubai, it's illegal. Do they have a gym out there, did you go build one? The whole thing is weird, your team is not there, your training partners are not there, it's weird."

Sonnen claimed that he tried to contact McGregor to confirm the rumours, but the Irishman didn't respond, theorising that it may have something to do with his role as a pundit for ESPN.

"I haven't spoke to Conor by the way, I called him, he didn't take my call, I heard that he was avoiding all media, and apparently ol' Chael got put on the 'all media' list, he did not call or get back to me which is very rare.

"But listen to this, the way the story is told, he went to Dubai to train for two months and for the first month, he was alone.

"I don't mean without his wife and children, without coach [John] Kavanagh and [Owen] Roddy, I mean there was nobody there, the way the story went.

"He went into a facility each day and he worked on a heavy bag, he moved dumbbells around, or visited the treadmill, or the speedbag, or the jump rope or a combination of all of them but absolutely nobody was there.

"I have a hard time accepting that that is true, I always had a hard time, but then for the last few weeks his team came in and he had bodies to move around.

"This was told to me in confidence, it wasn't a piece of marketing whatsoever and he looked like a guy who trained for four weeks inappropriately, who pushed and pulled with another opponent for just four weeks."

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