Dana White Explains McGregor vs. Cerrone at Welterweight

Conor McGregor
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 06: UFC president Dana White talks to Conor McGregor of Ireland after a post-fight incident following his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia in their UFC lightweight championship bout during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

It is peculiar that welterweight is where Conor McGregor will make his return to the Octagon. Especially with the fact that he held titles at both featherweight and lightweight. At UFC 246, on January 18, McGregor will take on Donald Cerrone. UFC President Dana White explained the reasoning behind the 170-pound match-up on 101.6-FM in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

Dana White explains 170-pound match-up

“Conor is going to fight at 170 for this fight,” White said, “mainly because he doesn’t want to have to cut the weight to 155. He and Cerrone have both fought at 170.”

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McGregor (21-4) fought back to back bouts against Nate Diaz at 170-pounds. He went 1-1 in those contests, before moving back to lightweight for his two most recent outings.

The welterweight fight is a calculated contest, with potential title implications — at lightweight.

“He’s hoping that he beats Cerrone and can turn right around and fight Khabib as quick as possible,” White said. “So he didn’t want to make the cut twice.”

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