Conor McGregor reveals he will weigh in HEAVIER than his Fight Island defeat to Dustin Poirier as Irishman seeks to utilise one-pound weight leniency rule for non-title fight… and he insists he is ‘taking EVERYTHING now’ ahead of grudge UFC 264 clash
- Conor McGregor says he will aim to weigh in at 156 pounds ahead of UFC 264
- The Irishman is bidding to avenge his Fight Island defeat to Dustin Poirier
- McGregor, 32, prides himself on hitting championship weight but will not do so
- The UFC star says he is giving nothing away, having rediscovered his edge
Conor McGregor says he will not seek to make championship weight as the Irishman insisted he is giving nothing away ahead of his grudge trilogy bout against Dustin Poirier.
McGregor is seeking to avenge his surprise Fight Island defeat to Poirier when they meet for a third time in Las Vegas this weekend, with the pair now tied at a win apiece.
The Irishman’s demeanour ahead of their UFC 257 showdown was questioned by fans, with some claiming McGregor had lost his ‘edge’ after showing sportsmanlike conduct with Poirier.
Conor McGregor says he will not weigh in at championship weight for his fight on Saturday
Now, though, the former two-weight world champion has rediscovered his mean streak and is giving the American no advantages leading into their highly-anticipated fight.
McGregor has prided himself on making ‘championship weight’ for non-championship bouts.
In the UFC, leniency is given to fighters in non-title fights, namely that they can weigh in one pound heavier than the limit. But McGregor regularly weighs in at title-fight weight, opining that it reflects his ‘professionalism’.
McGregor, 32, meets Dustin Poirier, also 32, in Las Vegas for their highly-anticipated trilogy
McGregor prides himself on hitting title fight weight, saying it denotes his professionalism
However, the Irishman says this will not be the case for UFC 264, and that he will weigh in at 156 pounds at Friday’s weigh in.
‘It was nice to showcase that my cardiovascular abilities are improving but there will be none of that in this fight,’ he told BT Sport.
‘There is nothing being given for free here, there were a lot of freebies in the last fight.. 155lb on the scale, that’s gong to be 156lb on this scale.
However, he will not do so this time as he bids to give nothing away to the American star
‘Free shots in the octagon, not taking the stool etc. All of these things are gone, I’m taking everything now.’
McGregor has competed at featherweight (145 pounds), lightweight (155 pounds) and welterweight (170 pounds) throughout his illustrious UFC career.
The Irishman is expected to remain at lightweight for the foreseeable, especially if he exacts revenge over Poirier, with a shot at Charles Oliveira’s title expected to take place at the 70,000-capacity Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
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