CONOR MCGREGOR has teased a move up to middleweight following his dramatic body transformation.
The UFC’s poster boy has put on several pounds of lean muscle mass during his 17-month hiatus from the octagon.
INSTAGRAM@THENOTORIOUSMMAConor McGregor has undergone a huge body transformation over the last 17 months[/caption]
INSTAGRAM@THENOTORIOUSMMAThe Irishman has put on several pounds of muscle during his octagon hiatus[/caption]
The Notorious wants to test his new rig at middleweight
And he admits he’d love to test his larger-than-ever frame in the stacked 185lb division before he calls it a day.
Ireland’s first and only UFC champion said: “I’m gonna give middleweight a go at some point 100%.”
Despite competing for most of his career at 145lbs, McGregor believes he’d size up well at middleweight.
Alongside an old video of himself sparring, he wrote: “I’d be a big fridge at middleweight.
“But hot like oven same time, ye know yourself, catch it on PPV. Don’t know tho. It’d be hard work.
“Those rounds against those middle/LHW they were alternating fresh each round.
“I’ve put in psycho work doing this job over the years.”
But the former simultaneous two-weight champion plans to return to the cage early next year.
During an impromptu Instagram Q&A in late October, he said: “I’m going to be back soon, hopefully.
“Early 2023 I’m aiming for. Sometime in that first quarter.
“That will give me a good couple of months [to prepare].
“Once I wrap this up in a couple of days, get the camp going [for] a good couple of months. And get going.”
GETTYConor McGregor is planning to return to the octagon early next year[/caption]
McGregor, however, will have to be enrolled in USADA’s drug testing period for at least six months before he can compete again.
The UFC could, however, grant him an exemption to make a swift return provided he returns two negative tests.