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Gunnar Nelson doesn't want Conor McGregor to fight at 145lbs ever again

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Conor McGregor has had an interesting couple of weeks with the UFC after announcing his retirement from the octagon before reinstating himself mere days later.

The Irishman is almost definitely out of UFC 200 with Daniel Cormier vs Jon Jones II being named the new headliner of the show by Dana White and the rest of the UFC last week. 

On that same card, Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar will be going one-on-one for the interim UFC Featherweight title after it was decided that McGregor wouldn't be defending his title, instead choosing to fight Nate Diaz in the now-postponed rematch. Now, one of McGregor's teammates has said he should never defend the real Featherweight title.


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Speaking on the MMA Hour, Gunnar Nelson said that he doesn't want to see McGregor make the cut to 145lbs anymore.

Asked if he wanted to see McGregor come back as a welterweight, or if he'd rather see him at a lighter weight, Gunnar said his preferences tend towards the latter.

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"It's really just up to him, whatever he wants to do," Nelson said. "I think that 145 is...I know he can go back down and defend his title, no problem."

According to Nelson, the cut to get down to 145 is a hard one to do and judging by the weight that 'The Notorious' walks around at, it cannot be healthy or have a good effect on his body.

"But I just think he doesn't want to do that cut again. It's a nasty one, and I agree with him. I understand that. So I think maybe I would like to see him going to the 155 before going all the way up to the welterweight. But you know, he can do whatever he feels like."

McGregor made a huge jump when he went up to 170lbs to face Nate Diaz, a decision which ultimately backfired after he tapped out to a rear-naked choke in the second round of the fight.

However, that hasn't lessened the Irishman's decision to fight at the weight, choosing to face Diaz again in the same division.

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