UFC 196: Dana White Believes Conor McGregor Won’t Return to 145 With Big Win Tonight
By FCF Staff
Conor McGregor has said in recent weeks that he plans to defend the featherweight title, but UFC President Dana White believes the star’s run at 145 could end tonight.
McGregor will face Nate Diaz in the headliner of UFC 196, after lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos withdrew due to a broken foot. Tonight’s bout will be contested at 170.
The featherweight champ has reported during fight week that he feels great, and is enjoying life, not having to worry about his weight. At yesterday’s weigh-ins, McGregor came in at 168 pounds, and looked completely opposite to when he makes 145.
While speaking to the media on Friday, White had this to say, about McGregor’s future (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“I think if he wins impressively tomorrow he doesn’t even go back to 145 – that’s what I think,” White said. “That weight cut is horrible for him. He looks terrible. I’m sure he feels terrible. I think he stays at 170 if he wins tomorrow.”
UFC 196 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.