With strict new weight cutting policies being introduced by the UFC in July, there is a very big question mark over whether Conor McGregor will be able to make the 145lb mark safely, under the new guidelines.
The new rules which were outlined in an article by Pundit Arena earlier this week, would make it extremely difficult for the Dublin native to cut massive amounts of weight before the fight. McGregor certainly fits into the category of fighters who are more than 8% over the weight. This would mean that the UFC would be closely monitoring the cut by the ‘Notorious’ and would be forced to pull him from the fight if he was overly dehydrated.
It is common knowledge that McGregor cuts a huge amount of weight to fight at featherweight and generally looks awful during the weigh-ins but under the new guidelines it is unlikely the promotion would allow him to get to the level of dehydration that we have become accustomed to on weigh-in day.
If the new rules do not allow McGregor to compete at 145lb, he would be stripped of his title and forced to move up to lightweight. This may be what the ‘Notorious’ had planned anyway but it does put an added pressure on his likely next bout with Nate Diaz. If McGregor were to lose to Diaz again, who is ranked number five at lightweight, it would see him struggle to justify getting a big fight next at 155lb.
However, should Conor McGregor defeat Nate Diaz in the rematch, he would likely propel himself to the summit of the division. Considering Diaz was a replacement for dos Anjos in March, McGregor would more than likely be in line to challenge for the belt in his next fight, if he was not allowed to compete at featherweight.
While McGregor had no issues with working his way through the 145lb division, in double quick time, it would be unimaginable for the now superstar to be forced to take fights against un-ranked opponents, likely not to be main events. The PPV headlining slots would be a thing of the past and the money would come crashing back down on par with the rest of the roster.
So there is likely to be a lot more on the line for Conor McGregor if he faces Diaz next than just pride, regardless if the fight is at lightweight or welterweight.
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