WOW! Conor McGregor Teases a Move to the UFC’s Middleweight Division

Published 08/21/2021, 9:13 PM EDT


Former two-division champion Conor McGregor took to social media and dropped a bomb on fight fights with his recent comments. In the lead-up to Kelvin Gastelum’s middleweight main event bout against Jared Cannonier, McGregor found a way to insert himself into the narrative. Chiefly, McGregor used Gastelum’s move from welterweight to middleweight as the possible inspiration for his own over up to the 185-pound division.

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McGregor mentioned how Gastelum has found success at middleweight despite being around the same height as he is. While ‘The Notorious’ didn’t come out and outright declare a move to middleweight, he has certainly teased fans. The move would be unprecedented given that McGregor has competed in the featherweight division.

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‘The Irishman’ also made sure to subtly slip in the fact that he is the only other man, other than Cannonier to have knockouts in three weight classes. McGregor has never shied away from touting his greatness, and his recent tweet is an example of that.

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While he’s not a ‘champ-champ-champ’ yet, McGregor has certainly spoken about fighting Kamaru Usman for his belt. McGregor has already competed at welterweight and holds a blistering 40-second over Donald Cerrone in that weight class. While he’s not oversized for the division, Conor McGregor certainly fills out a welterweight frame well.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 18: Conor McGregor (L) punches 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)

However, a move to middleweight is likely to be a different story altogether. Kelvin Gastelum gives up massive size in the division but manages to compete due to his natural body frame. Moreover, Gastelum is a credentialed wrestler who can go toe-to-toe with the best middleweight grapplers on the roster.

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The same can’t be said for Conor McGregor who will struggle against elite middleweight wrestlers. Size will likely be a huge hindrance by virtue of the fact he made featherweight at one point in his career.

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However, if anyone can achieve such a feat, it’s bound to be ‘The Notorious’. His unwavering self-belief is what has made him the fan-friendly superstar that he is today and he’ll want to keep racking up incredible wins.

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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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