Conor McGregor has announced his next fight will be at lightweight after doing testing on his body.
McGregor hasn’t fought since January of this year when he scored a 40-second TKO win over Donald Cerrone at UFC 246. The fight also took place at welterweight, as the Irishman didn’t want to cut weight. Immediately after the fight, many fans wondered whether McGregor would stay at 170 or go back down to 155.
However, he has yet to get a fight booked since then but did agree to fight Dustin Poirier on Jan. 23 where John Kavanagh hinted it would be at welterweight. Dana White, meanwhile, said the fight had to take place at lightweight. So, on Friday, McGregor took to Twitter to announce he is returning to the lightweight division, and perhaps for a title shot.
Fresh out of the McGregor FAST Laboratory today. Full body composition scan complete and the results came back =
Lightweight Division incoming 👑 pic.twitter.com/4CiZOFkL2H
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 30, 2020
“Fresh out of the McGregor FAST Laboratory today. Full body composition scan complete and the results came back = Lightweight Division incoming,” McGregor tweeted.
The timing of this announcement comes just days after Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement from the sport leaving the lightweight title soon to be vacant. Given the belt is vacant and Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier were already in negotiations for a fight, it wouldn’t be surprising to see that fight be for the vacant lightweight title.
Regardless, it is definitely good news for fight fans that have wanted to see McGregor fight again. Many pundits believe he is the best at lightweight but has not competed there since October of 2018 when he lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov for the belt. The Irishman hasn’t won at lightweight since he beat Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, as well.
So, how his body will respond to the weight cut is to be seen but the good news is, Conor McGregor is looking to return and be active after his 2020 season was derailed.