Conor McGregor warned it would be 'a mistake' for him to permanently move up to welterweight

  • Tom Ward
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Conor McGregor has been warned it would be ‘a mistake’ for him to move up to welterweight.

It comes after the Notorious admitted he has reservations about cutting weight anymore as he is ‘really enjoying being built like a refrigerator’.

The Irish MMA superstar has repeatedly expressed his desire to become the UFC‘s first three-weight world champion, having won world titles in two different weight divisions.

McGregor, 33, has also previously competed at welterweight three times before already, but Stephen Thompson doesn’t think he would physically be able to cope with ‘powerhouses’ such as Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington.

‘Wonderboy’ may not be a fan of McGregor moving up in weight, but in an exclusive interview with GiveMeSport, the 39-year-old says he’d still ‘take that fight in a heartbeat’.

He said: “Oh man, 100 per cent I would take that fight.

“As for him moving up to welterweight, I think it’s a mistake.

“We’ve seen a lot of guys come up to weight classes, put on a lot of muscle, and then they’re nothing like they were before right.

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Conor McGregor was the first person in UFC history to hold two belts simultaneously

“For instance Luke Rockhold, when he went up to 205, he was sluggish. He was much slower than usual. Chris Weidman was the same thing.

“You have a lot of guys who put on a lot of muscles, maybe they put it on too fast and they don’t really know how to cope with the big muscle when they’re out there, because it’s very tiring when you put on all that muscle but especially against powerhouses like Usman and Covington.

“We’ve got a lot of high-level wrestlers and why would he want to come to the most stacked and most difficult weight class at 170?

“I literally think my weight class is the most stacked weight class in the UFC.

“We have a murderers’ row of the top 10 guys who are all very dangerous.

“But yeah, I’d take that fight in a heartbeat.”

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McGregor aside, Thompson admits he’d love to share the Octagon with Israel Adesanya – but only if it makes sense financially.

Asked if he has ever received an offer to fight McGregor, he replied: “No, just fans here and there. They say they would love to see that fight. Even me and Adesanya, Izzy Adesanya.

“I’m like, do you know how big those guys are? They may look skinny in the cage but I’m at my heaviest and that’s like 198.

“You’ve got guys at 185 like Chris Weidman who walk around at like 225, 230, and he throws me around like a little ragdoll.

“If the money was right, I would probably go up if I knew it was just going to be a striking game and fight someone like Izzy Adesanya, but to go up to that weight class against those heavy hitters and those wrestlers it’s like, you know what, I’m comfortable where I’m at.”

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