Dana White Doesn’t Think Conor McGregor Will Return To Featherweight
UFC president, Dana White, spoke to MMA Junkie after yesterday’s UFC 196 weigh-in’s an revealed that he doesn’t see Conor McGregor returning to the featherweight division, should he defeat Nate Diaz.
Here’s what he had to say:
“I think if he wins impressively tomorrow he doesn’t even go back to 145 – that’s what I think. That weight cut is horrible for him. He looks terrible. I’m sure he feels terrible. I think he stays at 170 if he wins tomorrow.”
In his last fight in the Octagon, McGregor captured the undisputed featherweight title, when he knocked out Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds. He was originally set to face lightweight champion, Rafael dos Anjos, at UFC 196 this weekend. However, Dos Anjos broke his foot just two weeks out from the fight, and was replaced by Nate Diaz for a welterweight fight.
No fighter in UFC history has made a jump up two weight classes from their previous fight. McGregor weighed in at 168lbs for today’s fight against Diaz. Although getting back to 145lbs would not be impossible, McGregor’s coach has revealed that cutting down to that weight has always been a challenge for the Irishman.