McGregor has claimed he currently weighs 190 pounds as his return to training continues, which UFC legend Chael Sonnen isn’t a good sign ahead of his scheduled lightweight resumption next year.
Conor McGregor has been warned his weight in training could signal the collapse of his UFC lightweight return next year.
The Irish star is currently working hard during his rehabilitation after suffering a broken leg injury against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in July.
He displayed a new, taller physique which he said puts him at a weight of 190 pounds, which is a significant departure from his current weight class at 155 pounds.
UFC legend Chael Sonnen believes a descent into the lightweight class next year might be too far, and says his lack of training could be the main reason for the gain.
“So there’s this image floating around of Conor McGregor who looks bigger than we’ve ever seen him weighing something like 190 pounds,” Sonnen said on his Youtube channel. “And if he actually weighs a hundred and ninety pounds, he shouldn’t go down to 155.
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“First of all, this picture of Conor, he didn’t look great. Conor is a chiseled man. There are people who pay Conor clothes to wear their things. He has this fantastic build. This photo of him at 190 pounds, can’t give them same compliments.
“He looked like he was extremely bloated. And when someone weighs 190 – it’s used to weighing 155, 175; what you must be wondering is how. How did you get so fat? Why? The answer seems obvious redundant to me, you don’t practice.
“You can’t train the way you should prepare in MMA, which we are well aware of. We are well aware that Conor is not. He has an injured leg and he is not doing what he is doing. he is accustomed.
“If you don’t play our sport who cares what you weigh? If your calorie deficit to intake has gotten so out of hand that you’re fatter than ever, that’s not a good thing. “
McGregor admitted he was “in no rush” to organize his return to the UFC, but promised it would be one of the best in history.
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However, the Irishman needs a rebirth after three losses in his last four fights, including back-to-back losses to trilogy foe Poirier.
Several weights were discussed upon his return, including a welterweight clash against Nate Diaz in addition to a middleweight tilt after drawing comparisons to other fighters in the division.
But it remains likely that he will seek to correct his recent decline by grabbing one of the many opportunities at the lightweight, including Michael Chandler, Rafael Dos Anjos and Islam Makhachev.
McGregor even called for a fourth showdown against Poirier, which coincided with his pressing demands for a title upon his return.
That seems highly unlikely, however, as he is currently positioned at No.9 in the UFC lightweight rankings after being inactive since July.
UFC President Dana White has maintained McGregor will headlining when he returns despite his recent losses.
Any appearance in the headlines matches the fact that McGregor has sold eight of the top ten pay-per-view cards in UFC history.