Conor McGregor struggling to make top weight for Cowboy Cerrone fight, reveals UFC boss Dana White – The Sun

UFC boss Dana White admitted Conor McGregor struggles to hit the welterweight limit as he beefs up before facing Donald Cerrone.

Former featherweight and lightweight champion McGregor will make his anticipated return to the octagon on Saturday facing American veteran Cerrone, 36, at 170lbs.


The Notorious has been allowed to make his comeback at welterweight to avoid a gruelling weight cut.

McGregor has twice fought at the 170lbs limit, in 2016 losing to Nate Diaz before winning the rematch, while ‘Cowboy’ has had 11 bouts at the division.

Despite opting against making Cerrone cut down to lightweight, UFC president White revealed McGregor may not even weigh in at the welterweight limit, like he did against Diaz.

And he reckons it gives Cerrone a major advantage going into the non-title fight.

White told TMZ Sports: "This fight is interesting on a lot of different levels, obviously Conor has been out for a while.

"Conor has fought twice at 170 – he's got a win and a loss.

“Cowboy Cerrone is almost one of those guys that needs something big to fight for.

"It's more than just the money and the type of things that come along with it. This is the type of fight that Cowboy Cerrone is an absolute spoiler in.

"This is his deal. These are the types of fights he likes to be in. He's fought at 170 many times, is comfortable at 170.

"Conor McGregor will probably weigh in at 169 or 168 or somewhere around there.

"It's even hard for Conor to hit 170 – so very interesting fight between two of the baddest in the business to ever do it."

McGregor is hellbent on securing a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov – who beat the Irishman in his last fight 14 months ago – but the Russian faces Tony Ferguson next in April.

But Nurmagomedov and Ferguson have had FOUR fights between each other cancelled.
And White confirmed McGregor will get straight back to training after the Cerrone fight as he makes himself available to fill in for the lightweight title fight.

The UFC boss said: "Here's the thing. Realistically Conor believes Khabib vs Tony Ferguson will not happen.

 

"We've tired to do this fight many, many times, Conor believes it will not happen.

"Conor wanted to do this fight at 170 because he wants to turn right around and jump in and fight Khabib if that fight doesn't happen.

"Conor is very focussed on that rematch with Khabib."

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