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Will Conor McGregor Be Stripped Of His Featherweight Crown By The UFC?

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 4: Conor McGregor of Ireland entertains the fans during the UFC 196 Weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 4, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Conor McGregor’s ascension in the Featherweight ranks of the UFC was just about as quick as any other fighter in any weight class, in history.

His decision to move up in weight immediately after toppling long-time champion Jose Aldo, however, has left the Featherweight division at a standstill.

Originally the novel idea of McGregor, the ‘Moneyweight’ fighter, bouncing between the divisions seemed to only add to his star power as the king of the Featherweight division. Now though, we see McGregor lobbying for a rematch with Nate Diaz, above 145lbs again. With a litany of contenders ready to go at Featherweight, perhaps McGregor would have been wise to defend his belt at UFC 200.

The question of course has to be, can McGregor make 145lbs?

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 12:  Conor McGregor enters the Octagon for his featherweight title fight against Jose Aldo during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)
McGregor entering the Octagon for his featherweight title fight against Jose Aldo during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas.

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It was a much discussed topic after the UFC 189 weigh-ins and again after he defeated Aldo at UFC 194, but it’s a topic McGregor has been quick to put to bed. Even in the wake of defeat at the hands of Diaz just a little over two weeks ago McGregor assured fans that the cut would not be a problem.

However, considering how insanely tough the cut appeared to be on McGregor (looking like a ghost on the scales at UFC 189 & 194) and the move up to welterweight in a short space of time, this writer believes that the cut would be too intense without a considerable layoff. One simply cannot put on 25lbs in three months and still look that lean and then lose it again in another three/four months.

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 5:  Conor McGregor exits the Octagon after his fight against Nate Diaz in their welterweight bout during the UFC 196 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
McGregor exiting the Octagon after his fight against Nate Diaz in their welterweight bout during the UFC 196 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 5, 2016 in Las Vegas.

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Choosing to fight at Lightweight or Welterweight at UFC 200 means that the Featherweight strap will have been sitting idle for at least eleven/twelve months before he gets a chance to defend it. The UFC won’t allow this if he is active. He will have to fight at 145lbs before the year is out to keep his belt (if he isn’t stripped of it sooner).

If there is one man who can defy all biological standards and make the weight it would most likely be McGregor. Be it the ‘Law of Attraction’ or his untouchable self-belief, he has made a career thus far out of achieving the unachievable.

Paul O’Dea, Pundit Arena

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.