Fighting at three different weight classes in the UFC has given Conor McGregor a lot of ideas about what he has in store for the future.
While he’s had the most success competing as a featherweight, it’s likely his days fighting at 145 pounds are long since past. Meanwhile, McGregor holds a 1-1 record at lightweight and a 2-1 resume at welterweight following his latest win over Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 246.
In the days leading to that main event matchup, McGregor seemed happier than ever before while not cutting weight and actually had to eat his way to weigh 170 pounds earlier that morning prior to stepping on the scale. “The Notorious” has said that he would love to add a third championship to his UFC resume after previously winning titles at both 145 pounds and 155 pounds.
According to his manager Audie Attar, there’s no denying that the Irish superstar was probably his healthiest while competing at welterweight but that doesn’t mean his days fighting in the lightweight division are over.
“I look at all my clients as human beings and I’ve seen him at 145, 155 and 170 in mixed martial arts and he just appears to be a lot happier at 170,” Attar told MMA Fighting. “It’s not as strenuous on the body as it relates to the weight cut. That does not mean he wouldn’t be able to make 155. 145, I just think it’s unhealthy. To go back down to that weight class would just be unhealthy.
“But 155 is doable and something I know he’s keen on doing again so that’s not out of the realm of possibility. But you can’t deny how comfortable he was 170. That was his normal frame. So not having to put your body through a rigorous weight cut, there’s something to be said about that.”
As comfortable as McGregor seemed at welterweight, all signs are pointing towards his next fight happening at 155 pounds if UFC president Dana White gets his wish.
White said that McGregor’s next challenge would “probably” come against the winner of the upcoming lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson.
If that’s the case, McGregor would probably be forced to the sidelines until the latter part of 2020 with Nurmagomedov and Ferguson not scheduled to meet until April 18.
Nothing is set in stone, however, and Attar concedes that McGregor has the right tools available to him if he decides to take a welterweight fight in the meantime.
“I think that particularly if you’re able to keep your strength or improve your strength and your muscle mass, and more importantly be able to carry your weight to keep your speed and quickness and explosiveness, well then why not?” Attar said. “It’s all about how each individual athlete feels on the night and that’s the most important thing.
“Gaining a competitive advantage is not always having a size, height, speed advantage but also having the right mindset and the right energy come the night of competition. It’s really a subjective thing and you’ve got to leave it to each athlete to decide what’s best for them.”