A one-stop shop for an elite MMA fighter's needs

From top: The striking area at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas, with punching bags in varying sizes. The strength and conditioning zone has bilateral force plates built in the ground to measure athletes' explosiveness and peak strength. Th
The striking area at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas, with punching bags in varying sizes. PHOTOS: ZUFFA LLC
From top: The striking area at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas, with punching bags in varying sizes. The strength and conditioning zone has bilateral force plates built in the ground to measure athletes' explosiveness and peak strength. Th
The strength and conditioning zone has bilateral force plates built in the ground to measure athletes' explosiveness and peak strength. PHOTOS: ZUFFA LLC
From top: The striking area at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas, with punching bags in varying sizes. The strength and conditioning zone has bilateral force plates built in the ground to measure athletes' explosiveness and peak strength. Th
The octagon can simulate lighting in UFC fighting arenas. PHOTOS: ZUFFA LLC
From top: The striking area at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas, with punching bags in varying sizes. The strength and conditioning zone has bilateral force plates built in the ground to measure athletes' explosiveness and peak strength. Th
Athletes can utilise these sleep pods for some post-workout recovery shut-eye.PHOTOS: ZUFFA LLC

Before his grudge match with Nate Diaz at the UFC 202 pay-per-view event in August 2016, mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Conor McGregor coughed up US$300,000 (S$410,000) to create a training facility in Las Vegas from scratch to get in fighting shape for the bout at the T-Mobile Arena.

But before he faced Khabib Nurmagomedov at the same venue at UFC 229 last month, he did not have to spend a single dime. Instead, the Irishman carried out the last phase of preparations for the fight at the Ultimate Fighting Championship's (UFC) Performance Institute in Las Vegas.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 21, 2018, with the headline 'A one-stop shop for an elite MMA fighter's needs'. Print Edition | Subscribe