Wednesday 23 May 2018

Conor McGregor looked in great shape as he weighed in ahead of Nate Diaz rematch in 'enemy territory'

Joe Callaghan reports from Las Vegas

HE again took his merry time, but on Friday morning Conor McGregor weighed in two pounds under the limit for his welterweight showdown with Nate Diaz at UFC 202 tomorrow night.

The featherweight champion is stepping up two divisions for the second straight fight to try to atone for his first UFC defeat earlier this year when he was submitted by Diaz in a second-round upset.

McGregor, Diaz and the rest of the fighters from Saturday night's card at the T-Mobile Arena were weighing in at an earlier time under the new fighter-friendly system employed by the UFC and Nevada State Athletic Commission.

While Diaz was among the early risers to climb aboard the scales at the Red Rock Casino on the outskirts of the city, McGregor, who had kicked off chaotic scenes at Wednesday's press conference after arriving 30 minutes late, was again behind schedule.

Diaz, looking in significantly better shape than the pair's first match when he took the fight on two week's notice, weighed in at 170.5lbs for the welterweight showdown a little after 8am local time.

McGregor did eventually show with less than an hour to spare in the approved window, tipping the scales at 168lbs.

There will be the more typical pomp and pageantry when the pair complete ceremonial weigh-ins for the public later Friday at the MGM Grand but the scenes are unlikely to match McGregor's previous appearances on the Strip when upward of 10,000 fight fans watched him weigh in.

McGregor has already admitted that he fully expects this outing to be very different from those that have gone before, saying Saturday would be like fighting "in enemy territory".

There were further reports Friday morning of tickets being slashed for Saturday's fight night at the new home of sport in Las Vegas. With so few Irish fans making the journey for McGregor's fourth fight in the city in a little over a year, the UFC has cut the cost of some seats at the venue by as much as 40 per cent, according to ESPN.

Ticketmaster was also still showing lots of availability for certain sections of the arena 24 hours from showtime. 

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