McGregor trained in Iceland before his UFC debut and ate the country’s traditional dish of svid for breakfast, which consists of sheep’s head, mashed potato and swede
Conor McGregor tried svid, an Icelandic delicacy, for breakfast whilst he was training in the country before his UFC debut in 2013.
Svid is a traditional dish eaten in Iceland that typically consists of a sheep’s head accompanied by mashed potato and swede. To prepare the head, the hair and brain are removed before being cut in a half and boiled in salted water.
In the video, McGregor and a friend nervously try the dish for the first time. McGregor admitted it was hard to stomach the meal especially for breakfast, as he can be heard stating: “This is a bit much for first thing in the morning.”
Whilst trying to take apart the head, the UFC star cringes as he reaches the teeth of the sheep. He then rips off the tongue of the head and munches into it, washing it down with a bottle of Coca-Cola whilst adding: “Full of protein? Yeah? I’m happy with that.”
McGregor has frequently visited Iceland throughout his MMA career to train at the Mjolnir gym in Reykjavik. The gym is home to McGregor’s longtime training partner Gunnar Nelson, who has shared several cards with the Irishman throughout his UFC career.
The former two-weight champion went on to win his debut after he was filmed eating the delicacy, stopping Marcus Brimage in just over a minute to kickstart his historic featherweight run in the promotion.
McGregor’s featherweight days are long gone as he hasn’t competing in the weight class since knocking out Jose Aldo in 13-seconds to win the undisputed belt. The 33-year-old is preparing to make his UFC return later this year at welterweight having not fought since breaking his leg last July.
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‘Notorious’ is targeting a title fight with 170lb champion Kamaru Usman for his comeback fight. He ruled out a lightweight return because of the big weight cut it would present after he bulked up to 190lb during his time on the sidelines.
“I got myself down to a lightweight frame but I’m big now,” he told The Mac Life. “I feel strong, I feel healthy, I’ve got good energy. I’m coming back after a gruesome injury. I do not want to deplete myself, there should be no need to deplete myself.
“I feel confident against Usman. A jab happy, sloppy, orthodox wrestler with no submissions whatsoever. What’s he going to do? Where’s the danger here? I don’t see a danger with him. His ground-and-pound isn’t strong, plus he’s on the older side.”