Conor McGregor reveals plans to fight at MIDDLEWEIGHT after body transformation leaves UFC star more jacked than ever

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.”

McGregor, 34, hasn’t set foot inside the octagon since breaking his left leg in his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier.

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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.

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