According to Lando Vannata, former UFC champion Conor McGregor won’t ever again participate in the lightweight class.The last time “The Notorious” competed was in a trilogy fight against Dustin Poirier in July 2021. The Irishman’s bout was tragically over after he suffered a serious leg injury in the first round. Since then, McGregor has been on the sidelines and is scheduled to fight Michael Chandler again later this year.
There is little question that the McGregor-Chandler fight will take place, but it’s unclear which weight division they’ll compete in—especially given how much the former two-division champion has bulked up during his break.
Conor McGregor’s future was discussed by UFC veteran Landon Vannata in an exclusive conversation with Andrew Whitelaw of Sportskeeda MMA:
“No, I don’t believe he can lift 55 pounds right now. I don’t think he can make 55 because for some reason, his head is like, changed a little bit, it’s bigger, yeah.
Conor McGregor lightweight: How many fights has ‘The Notorious’ won at 155lbs in the UFC?
Conor McGregor has made four appearances in the UFC lightweight category, with just one victory.
After earning the undisputed 145-pound title in 2015, McGregor, an Irishman, has his sights set on the 155-pound title. McGregor made his UFC debut back in 2013 in the featherweight category. Rafael dos Anjos, the then-lightweight champion, was scheduled to be his opponent, but due to a last-minute cancellation, Nate Diaz was chosen.Following his submission loss to Diaz, McGregor bounced back to defeat the Stockton, California, native via decision a few months later, also in the welterweight division. In order to achieve champ-champ status, he subsequently faced Eddie Alvarez, the current lightweight champion, and won, at UFC 205, his second undisputed UFC title.
Before resuming his MMA career, Conor McGregor famously sparred with Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the boxing ring. After losing to Dustin Poirer at 155 pounds twice in 2021, he struggled against lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018.