With the weigh-ins for UFC 229 soon happening and the concerns that come with them, some comments made by Conor McGregor may have gone over the heads of everyone waiting for what is considered the biggest fight in UFC lightweight history.
Of all the things McGregor talked about in his exclusive with The Mac Life, McGregor addressed the issue of all the weight classes he has fought at and the concern for adding more weight classes in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA). He addressed his absence and return to MMA and a lot of headlines were made of the trash talk in the interview, but when the subject of adding a 165-pound division came up, McGregor seemed to step outside of selling UFC 229 for a bit to let it be known improvements are needed.
McGregor called the weight cuts “ruthless” and said it is “not enjoyable at all.” He would continue, “This is the game and it’s a horrible, horrible part of the business. If I could come in and correct a situation like that I would like to come in and spearhead many more divisions in the game.” McGregor last fought in a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in August of last year and used boxing as the comparison.
He said more weights are necessary and the weight cutting issues that have made the news coming from the UFC should not be happening with a “state of the art facility” like the UFC Performance Institute.
“There’s definitely space for more divisions and something needs to be done.” –Conor McGregor
McGregor said if something is done the sport would be more enjoyable for the athletes that compete in it. Media obligations and making weight usually occur in the same week and seems to take its toll for fighters’ not cutting weight properly and McGregor looks like he is all for adding more weight classes.
McGregor faces Khabib Nurmagomedov Saturday at UFC 229 in Las Vegas and weigh-ins are Friday morning. In March of 217 for UFC 209, Nurmagomedov was to face Tony Ferguson and fell ill due to a botched weight cut in the same city for the same arena.
Edward holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Along with over 20 years martial arts experience, he co-hosts The Coast-2-Coast Combat Hour, and also writes for Sherdog while maintaining his own site, The Blogboard Jungle. You can follow him on Twitter @Carbazel