Conor McGregor’s Trainer Believes He Shouldn’t Return to UFC’s Featherweight Division

Published 01/05/2021, 9:54 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 12: (R-L) Conor McGregor of Ireland punches Jose Aldo of Brazil in their UFC featherweight championship bout during the UFC 194 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Conor McGregor will be returning to the UFC on the 23rd of January in a massive fight with Dustin Poirier. This will be a rematch of a fight from 2014, which Conor had won. McGregor hasn’t fought in a year and hasn’t made the cut to lightweight since 2018. As a result, he does spend a lot of his money on ensuring he can make weight for his fights.

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His trainer, Tristin Kennedy, spoke about McGregor’s training to ESPN. However, he also spoke about whether Conor could ever return to the 145-pound Featherweight division where Conor made his name.

“He’s a big guy these days. I wouldn’t like to see it from a personal point of view.”

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Kennedy also spoke about Jose Aldo pulling off a massive weight cut for Bantamweight, but said Conor doesn’t need to do the same.

“Everything is achievable. Look at Jose Aldo at bantamweight. But at what cost? Going down so low nowadays — when you see a man who fights at 170 no problem and competes very, very well at 170 and has no issues, why would he go down to 145? Especially when he conquered all that.”

Conor McGregor: Does it make sense for him to go back to 145?

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Absolutely not. Conor used to look severely drained for his Featherweight fights. He genuinely is a little too big for the division, and Lightweight is a more natural fit for him. Three of his last five fights have taken place at Welterweight, so his body is definitely used to carrying around more muscle.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 05: Conor McGregor poses during a ceremonial weigh-in for UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena on October 05, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor will challenge UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for his title at UFC 229 on October 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Moving up to Welterweight would be a better idea, not only for his safety but also for his legacy. Conor has already won the Featherweight title. While he never defended it, he already has that accomplishment in his resume. Getting a third title like the Welterweight one may be a better goal for his legacy.

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Ultimately, Conor will do whatever works best for him. Considering all the possible situations, making a case for him having to go back to 145 is hard.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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