Monday 26 September 2016

'Conor McGregor is going to be like a monster without the weight cut'

Michael Verney

Published 02/03/2016 | 10:50

Conor McGregor has jumped up two weight divisions
Conor McGregor has jumped up two weight divisions

Conor McGregor's performance nutrition consultant George Lockhart has no doubt that the Irish fighter's display against Nate Diaz this weekend will be "top-notch" despite the massive step-up from featherweight to welterweight.

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Lockhart, who was scheduled to work with both McGregor and Rafael dos Anjos before a foot injury forced the Brazilian out of the lightweight title bout, has worked with UFC champions like Luke Rockhold, Daniel Cormier and Cain Velasquez.

And he feels that the stresses of not making a drastic weight cut in the week of the fight will see McGregor excel in the early hours of Sunday morning, "I think not having to cut as much will benefit his performance even more," Lockhart told Independent.ie.

"In terms of performance he's going to be top-notch. I can tell you that with his mindset and his athleticism, size isn't going to be an issue and I think he'll be good at any weight class he decides."

Much like all of McGregor's vast following, Lockhart is in awe of the current physical conditioning of the Crumlin native, who has bulked up considerably since his 13-second knock-out of Jose Aldo in December.

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"I've noticed a lot of difference in his size, he's looking huge, he said. 'I'm like Holy crap', you know what I mean. I'm like 'Jesus this guy is going to be like a monster'," Lockhart said.

While it will be challenging after getting comfortable in his regular weight of around 177lbs, Lockhart doesn't envisage a problem if the "Notorious" has to return to featherweight to defend his title, possibly against his client Frankie Edgar or the dethroned Aldo.

"I never thought it would be a problem getting down to 145 again but after watching his videos and stuff before it's all set and done, it might be tough to get into 155," he joked.

"But in all seriousness, he's a hard worker and it'll be no issue making the cut. But I think it's great that he doesn't have to worry about the cut this time, all he has to do is worry about his training and keep doing what he's doing."

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