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Morning Report: Gunnar Nelson explains why and when he believes Conor McGregor will move to lightweight

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Gunnar Nelson is worried about Conor McGregor.

An outspoken critic of drastic weight-cutting in MMA, Nelson says his good friend and training partner is pushing the limit cutting down to 145 pounds.

"Yea, he does a big cut," Nelson told Submission Radio. "He doesn't like it and I don't think he's going to do it much longer. I think he's going to move up. I think he wants to move up. I don't blame it. I wouldn't be able to this cut too many times. It definitely takes it out of you. There's no doubt.

"He has a lot of energy and he'll toughen through it and fight really well even though he does that cut. I just think, looking ahead, this isn't good for your health. I don't think he should do it many more times and I've told him that. That's my opinion."

Prior to making his UFC debut in 2013, McGregor held both the featherweight and lightweight title for the UK promotion Cage Warriors Fighting Championship. Of his 20 career bouts, 12 were contested at 155 pounds.

"It's definitely not good for the athletes in this sport," said Nelson. "It's not good for your health. It's not good for your brain. It's just not good and I don't see why we should be doing this. I think we should get rid of it quickly."

Nelson also all but confirmed McGregor's recent injury claim. Holding a Q&A in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland, McGregor told fans he "tore 80 percent" of his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) 14 weeks prior to his five-round main event bout at UFC 189 in July.

McGregor was originally booked to challenge featherweight champion Jose Aldo, but would ultimately win the interim title after scoring a second round TKO over late replacement Chad Mendes.

"He couldn't walk for a while," Nelson said of McGregor. "He couldn't wrestle or grapple for a long time in the camp. He basically just did rounds of boxing and checking the kicks. He showed up on one leg. That's basically what happened. He did the best he could. He was injured. There's no doubt. He was injured going into the fight and still performed. I think that's very respectful."

Nelson faces Demian Maia Dec. 12 at UFC 194, the same night McGregor is re-booked to unify the title against Aldo.



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