Report: Gunnar Nelson Doesn’t Expect Conor McGregor to Compete at 145 “Much Longer”
By FCF Staff
Conor McGregor could lay claim to the UFC’s featherweight title in December, but Gunnar Nelson believes the interim champ’s days at 145 are numbered.
McGregor has repeatedly said that he intends to return to the lightweight division in the future. But, since he’s set to face featherweight champion Jose Aldo on December 12th, it remains to be seen when or if that will happen.
If McGregor unifies the titles at UFC 194, then the consensus is that the promotion would want him to defend the belt at least once or twice, before moving to 155. McGregor has also expressed an interest in fighting Frankie Edgar, who is scheduled to take on Chad Mendes on December 11th.
Recently Nelson spoke to “Submission Radio“, and while discussing his teammate’s weight cut, the welterweight stated (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“Yea, he (McGregor) does a big cut,” Nelson said. “He doesn’t like it and I don’t think he’s going to do it much longer. I think he’s going to move up. I think he wants to move up. I don’t blame it. I wouldn’t be able to this cut too many times. It definitely takes it out of you. There’s no doubt.
“He has a lot of energy and he’ll toughen through it and fight really well even though he does that cut. I just think, looking ahead, this isn’t good for your health. I don’t think he should do it many more times and I’ve told him that. That’s my opinion.”
Nelson, meanwhile, is also scheduled to fight at UFC 194, as he’ll take on Demian Maia. The upcoming card will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada.