Conor McGregor makes his much-anticipated octagon return in UFC 246. Conor is going to square off against Donald Cerrone in a welterweight bout. There has been a lot of hype surrounding the new buff look of Conor going into the fight. Fans have speculated whether this significant physique transformation is going to help at the welterweight division. However, it turns out Conor is not even close to the ideal weight for welterweight.
Conor McGregor Reveals the Reasons for Fighting Donald Cerrone at Welterweight
In a recent interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, Conor McGregor revealed that he is currently underweight. Conor stated he weighs just over 160 lbs, which is very less considering he will be fighting at welterweight. If you look at the history of Conor at welterweight, he has always been underweight. For both the Diaz fight Conor came in at 168lbs.
Whether coming in at 160lbs is going to help Conor in his bout against Donald Cerrone, only time shall reveal that. However, Conor’s reasons for asking to fight Donald Cerrone at welterweight are praiseworthy, to say the least. Conor said:
“I know I could have, I just don’t think he looks well at 155…he’s a 170 fighter. Why would I want someone to [suffer], I don’t care, no. I could beat him any bleeding [way]. I’d beat him at any weight, I’d beat him when he bleeding, I’d beat him if I had the flu.”
Conor is in much better shape than he was before the Diaz fights. Hence it can be expected that he will have better conditioning this time. In the rematch against Daiz, Conor did struggle in the later rounds. It is worth noting that, Donald Cerrone fought his last few fights at lightweight. He fought Justin Gaethje in September last week. Though Cerrone has a ton of experience at the welterweight division it is hard to believe that he is at the optimal weight for a welterweight fight. But it can be argued that Conor fighting at closer to his natural weight class, which is lightweight, might be favorable for him against Cerrone.
McGregor Aiming for Welterweight Title
Apart from the reason that Conor won’t have to cut any weight for the fight against Cerrone, there is one more incentive for Conor to take this fight at 170. And that is the welterweight title. Conor has already made it clear in his previous interview that he is interested in a title fight at the welterweight division. That apart, the fight with Jorge Masvidal is also on the table at welterweight. Hence fighting Cerrone at 170 opens up a lot of opportunities for Conor McGregor.
“Also 170 is an exciting one for me. I like the 170. I like what’s going on in the 170 division at the minute. You got Jorge with that belt. You got the other guys fighting for the belt.” explained Conor.
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