Inside Conor McGregor's training camp for UFC return as he undergoes ancient cupping therapy to speed up recovery

CONOR McGREGOR is having cupping therapy to help him recover after gruelling training sessions.

The UFC legend is set to make a comeback in January in a rematch against Dustin Poirier.



McGregor is looking in sensational shape as he contues to share training shots on social media.

And in his latest Instagram Stories, the 32-year-old showed off the results of cupping.

During the treatment, a therapist puts special cups on their client's skin and leaves them on for a few minutes – to create suction.

When done properly, it has many benefits – including helping to ease pain and inflammation; increase blood flow, relaxation and well-being; aid detox; and provide a deep-tissue massage.

World boxing champion Anthony Joshua regularly uses the treatment to prepare for his fights.

McGregor has been in negotiations to face Poirier – who he beat in 2014 – since he publicly accepted the rematch in October.

UFC president Dana White recently stressed they were awaiting McGregor's signature after Poirier signed on the dotted line.

According to ESPN, discussions with the former two-weight champion are progressing but an agreement is 'not done yet.'




McGregor, 32, is preparing for the fight in Portugal, having rented a £10,000-a-week luxury villa in the Algarve.

He is joined by his fiancee Dee Devilin as well as their two children Conor Jr and Croia.

And now his head coach John Kavanagh and striking coach Owen Roddy have linked up with their fighter.

Kavanagh uploaded a picture of the two together, and captioned the post: "Getting the band back together for a greatest hits tour."




WHAT IS CUPPING?

All you need to know about… CUPPING

Cupping may be trending at the moment, but the therapy can be traced back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese and Middle Eastern times.

Records show the Ancient Egyptians were practising cupping as early as 1550 BC.

During the treatment, a therapist puts special cups on their client's skin and leaves them on for a few minutes – to create suction.

When done properly, it has many benefits – including helping to ease pain and inflammation; increase blood flow, relaxation and well-being; aid detox; and provide a deep-tissue massage.

The cups are made from glass, bamboo, earthenware or silicone – and can be either wet or dry.

Traditionally, the therapist would put a flammable substance – such as alcohol, herbs or paper – in the cup, and set it on fire.

As the flames go out, the cup is placed on the client's skin and left there for up to three minutes – creating a vacuum as it cools.

This causes the skin to rise and redden as your blood vessels expand.

McGregor has not fought since knocking out 37-year-old Donald Cerrone in just 40 seconds at the start of the year.

He did announce a sudden retirement in June having grown frustrated during the coronavirus pandemic.

But his grand return to the octagon doesn't look like it will be for the lightweight title.

UFC chief White says the belt won't be on the line because he thinks Khabib Nurmagomedov will shelve his own retirement plans.


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