Conor McGregor’s Weight Cut Strategy is Not Going to be Fun- Coach Provides an Update

Published 12/28/2020, 6:30 AM EST
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)


Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh spoke out to ‘The MacLife’ and broke down McGregor’s training and weight cutting escapades. Conor comes out of retirement on January 23, 2021, and will square off against divisional rival Dustin Poirier in a rematch.

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The two met back in September 2014 at UFC 178, where McGregor starched ‘The Diamond’ in round one. Moreover, the aforementioned clash took place at featherweight, and both fighters have moved up and established themselves.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 18: Conor McGregor (R) fights Donald Cerrone in a welterweight bout during UFC246 at T-Mobile Arena on January 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor won by first-round TKO. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

McGregor’s last fought took place all the way up in the welterweight division. He showed great promise in his last 170-pound outing against Donald Cerrone and earned a quick finish.

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Coach Kavanagh on Conor McGregor’s weight cut

The famed Head Coach at SBG Ireland did a deep dive in McGregor’s camp and eventual cut down to lightweight. The former double champion has bulked up significantly from his earlier days fighting at featherweight. Chiefly, Kavanagh believes that they have handled the weight cut for the upcoming UFC 257 bout in a thorough manner.

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“It’s not gonna be fun, let’s be honest. He’s not going down to the 145 days so you know a full 10 pounds on top of those days which were rough, and he never missed them.”

“This one he’s taken a bit of a longer approach to it rather than keeping the weight similar and then like a severe drop in the last few days. He’s kinda ramping it down… They’ve got a couple of markers that’s got a hit so he’s achieving the gradual stepdown, which I think is gonna suit him better rather than a severe one.”

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Conor McGregor will have to be on his A-game if he is to stop Dustin Poirier for a second straight time considering the evolution in his game. MMA fans and pundits largely believe that McGregor has Poirier’s number, however, a smooth weight cut will be vital to his success.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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