CONOR McGREGOR’s team are confident he’ll easily make weight for his showdown with Dustin Poirier – despite his significantly larger physique.
McGregor’s newly-acquired mass has prompted concerns he could miss weight for his UFC 257 clash with the former interim lightweight champion.
Conor McGregor’s team aren’t concerned about him missing weight for his UFC 257 clash with Dustin Poirier[/caption]
Conor McGregor’s last fight against Donald Cerrone was at welterweight[/caption]
But SunSport understands Team McGregor have no concerns about the Irishman’s larger frame having an adverse effect on his weight cut.
McGregor, 32, will weigh in for his comeback fight between 11am and 1pm on Friday.
In order for his desert dust-up with The Diamond to go ahead, he must weigh in at 156lbs.
He risks forfeiting 30 per cent of his purse to Poirier if he comes in over the allotted non-championship lightweight limit.
McGregor’s clash with Poirier will be his first outing at lightweight in over two years, with his last appearance in the weight class being his UFC 229 loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov.
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The Irishman’s last foray into the octagon was a welterweight affair with Donald Cerrone, who he decimated in 40 seconds to pick up his first win in nearly four years.
McGregor is happy to be back in the 155lb division and is eyeing an extended run in the weight class he once ruled over.
He told The MacLife: “I would like to put a stint in at 155 pounds, for sure. I came into the UFC as a featherweight and I went through the division.
“I gave it my all in that division and I tore through it like a chainsaw through butter. Interim title, then unified title.
“Then, I went up and reached for greater heights, went to the lightweight division, became lightweight champion and became the first dual-weight champion in the company’s history.
“And then, obviously, other things presented themselves regarding the Floyd [Mayweather] fight and everything went where it went.
“I never really got a good stint — and then I went to the welterweight division also.
“I never got a good stint at 155 pounds, a consecutive stint like I’ve done in the featherweight division.
“I’d like to do the same here in the lightweight division that I’ve done in the featherweight division.
“Give it a good run and tear through the division.
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“There’s many good competitors, good fighters in there and I feel levels above them all. So, I would like to put that stint in.”
McGregor’s bout with Poirier will be a rematch of their meeting at UFC 178 six years ago, which the former won in devastating fashion.
The Notorious knocked out the fan favourite in just under two minutes to solidify himself as a legitimate featherweight contender.
McGregor is eyeing an even better performance second time around, vowing to end the fight in ’60 seconds’.