Tuesday 27 September 2016

McGregor jumps two weights

Published 25/02/2016 | 02:30

Conor McGregor's rapid rise through the ranks of the UFC is about to take on a whole new meaning with confirmation yesterday that the world champion will now face Nate Diaz in the hastily re-arranged main event of UFC 196.

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"Make it 170. Tell him to get comfortable," was McGregor's directive, according to sources.

Californian Diaz stepped into the breach after Brazilian Rafael Dos Anjos was forced out of next week's scheduled lightweight championship superfight with a broken foot.

However, in a surprising twist, the fight has been set at welterweight - apparently at the Dubliner's request.

That will mean that, less than three months after claiming featherweight title glory against Jose Aldo Jr, McGregor will skip an entire weight division and make his first professional appearance at 170lb.

While the weight cut in the 145lb division has never been easy for McGregor, jumping straight up two divisions - which would mark an almost 20pc increase in body weight in such a short space of time - is all but unheard of in combat sport.

Irish Independent

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