Conor McGregor is looking seriously jacked ahead of his rumored rematch with fellow UFC lightweight contender Dustin Poirier.
McGregor and Poirier first met in the featherweight division in 2014, with McGregor winning by first-round knockout. Since then, both men have achieved massive success in the lightweight division, and in the last few weeks, have both expressed interest in a second fight. The pair even briefly floated the notion of a charity exhibition match in McGregor’s hometown of Dublin.
In response to the suggestion of an exhibition match, UFC President Dana White offered both McGregor and Poirier a legitimate fight in the Octagon, ostensibly creating a previously unplanned UFC card for the pair on January 23. Both claim to have accepted that offer.
While McGregor and Poirier have had their best success in the lightweight division, the pair have expressed some interest in competing in the welterweight division and sparing themselves of a significant weight cut.
If a recent Instagram post is any indication, McGregor is certainly ready to fight at welterweight, as he’s looking pretty hefty. See for yourself:
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“CHAMP CHAMP” – Conor McGregor on Instagram.
While McGregor and Poirier have both expressed interest in fighting each other at welterweight, White has put his foot down on the matter, insisting the pair fight in the lightweight division.
“It’s 155,” White said of this rumored McGregor vs. Poirier fight. “I’m not putting on a multi-million-dollar fight at a catchweight. This fight means nothing at 170, neither are ranked at 170 and it doesn’t do anything in the 155 division if either one of them win because they’re fighting at 170.”
“It makes no sense. There are plenty of organizations who put on fights that make no sense. You can go watch those fights every weekend. That’s not what we do here.”
White previously gave Conor McGregor a lightweight title shot after a welterweight win over Nate Diaz, but it seems he’s changed his tune. So, the Irishman may need to slim down before his rumoured rematch with Poirier.