Weight is always a talking point in the lead-up to a Conor McGregor fight.
In the past the chatter surrounded how much the Dublin fighter had to cut and in how much time. When he was scheduled to fight Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight belt, the questions were about how much he had gained since his featherweight starching of Jose Aldo in order to compete with the bigger Brazilian.
With Dos Anjos out and the replacement fight, against Nate Diaz, taking place at welterweight, everyone is now wondering about McGregor’s weight when he is in fighting-shape but not restricting his food intake with real severity.
Whilst a guest on Fox Sports’ The Herd with Colin Cowherd on Tuesday, McGregor was asked about his “walk-around weight”. “The Notorious”, whose appearances on UFC 196 Embedded demonstrate that he is enjoying his food since the sudden change in circumstances, revealed that he is still under the welterweight limit when he rises each morning.
But only just.
“Right now, this second, as I’ve been having two breakfasts every morning, I’ve been literally going to bed full to the brim, I’m trying to eat as much a I can – I couldn’t eat anymore, and I’m waking up under-weight[the 170lb limit]. I’m just about under-weight every time I wake up, but I have literally been non-stop eating”.
Asked if he feels comfortable with the extra weight, McGregor responded in the affirmative.
“I am eating plenty of food, but don’t get me wrong I’m not eating two cakes and a bar of chocolate. I am eating healthy, good meals. It’s a nice feeling to have a full belly and lots of energy at this stage of fight-camp”.
Elsewhere in the interview the reigning 145lb king speaks about his feelings toward Diaz, his trademark trash-talk, and fight night nerves.
You can watch the full interview below.