Conor’s Former Teammate Changes Sides, Now Helping Khabib For UFC 229

UFC megastar Conor McGregor is currently preparing for his massive octagon return. Ahead of his big title fight against Khabib Nurmagomedov, it would appear that a former sparring partner to “Notorious” has now joined the Dagestan native’s training camp.

Myles Price is a former member of SBG Ireland, the fight camp famous for their star member Conor McGregor. Price has, however, since parted ways with the camp.

“I’ll be honest with you, I never really got on well with Conor within the gym because me and Conor sparred a lot. At the time, Conor was taking fights at lightweight,”

“I understand the hierarchy within gyms. Even here at AKA you have heated spars, but afterwards we shake each other’s hands, we talk about what we can work on and develop as training partners or as a team.

Speaking on the Eurobash podcast, Price revealed that he his since joined American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif. AKA is, of course, the longtime training camp of UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

“Basically, with Conor, he’s quite narcissistic. He’ll see you as competition. He’s not very nice to be around in the gym. If you’re giving him hard spars, he won’t see you as a friend after a while.”

“Of course, I got a lot of looks. But I’m the type of guy that can see things from an outside perspective; I have good self awareness. I expected it to happen before I went in, regardless of what was said between me and Javier [Mendez] about coming over and where I came from, the guys on the team were obviously going to be suspicious.

“It wasn’t actually awkward. I went in and they were piss-taking more than anything else, even the Dagestanis. Even now when I walk into the gym they’re saying, ‘SBG, McGregor team!’ What’s up?’ — it’s crazy! We train with each other on a daily basis so they know the craic. They know I’m not going over there to (spy on them).”

“One of the first guys that came over to me was Khabib. He came up and said, ‘What’s up’, he knew who I was and he knew what the craic was.

“Another one of the first people I talked to was Ali, his manager. He was such a welcoming guy, a lovely fella and really down to earth. He said, ‘We’re all martial artists, we’re all a family. I manage Joe Duffy, a fellow Irishman. I know what the story is, we just have a dislike for Conor McGregor’. I said, ‘That’s probably something we have in common to a degree’.

“It was surprising how welcoming they were when I got talking to them. I’ve become a part of the family at AKA.”

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