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The Irishman was outclassed by Nurmagmedov in the main event of UFC 229 back in 2018.
He will take on Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 next month and one fan has pointed out on how much better 'The Notorious' looks right now.
@McGregorRousey has described the 32-year-old as being a 'new animal' with an image of McGregor in September 2018 next to an image of McGregor in December 2020.
Conor McGregor one month before his fight vs Khabib (left)- Super Fan:flag_ie: (@McGregorRousey) December 28, 2020
Conor McGregor one month before his rematch with Dustin Poirier (right)
A new animal. pic.twitter.com/UWskpregtb
With a shaved head and more defined muscle tone, it's clear to see the former 'Champ-champ' is in a better place physically.
Fans have reacted to the images and they think 2021 could be when McGregor takes his place atop the UFC once again.
I never realised how bad he looked before that fight- Joshua Mellor (@j99mellor) December 28, 2020
Jacked and motivated, different beast- Michael SNM (@SNM1Michael) December 28, 2020
He's in some shape I feel we're in for a treat next month- Dave fisher:flag_gb: (@fearlesswazza) December 29, 2020
Sheesh. The Irish Animal. Say what you want about the man, he's a Specimen. Can spark anyone straight out with one touch. TOD. https://t.co/OuihgkAjPX- Liam O'Shaughnessy:speaking_head: (@Liam1110Seamus) December 29, 2020
Nurmagomedov retired from UFC in October but is still technically the lightweight champion.
UFC president Dana White is convinced he can coax the Russian out of retirement, but Nurmagomedov thinks the winner of McGregor vs Poirier on 'Fight Island' will be the next champion.
"Top three [lightweight] fighters right now?" Nurmagomedov said per MMA Fighting. "Poirier, McGregor and [Islam] Makhachev. He is not in the top-five yet, but those are the best fighters.
"My belt will be taken by the winner of Dustin and Conor."
No official announcement has been made regarding McGregor vs Poirier being for the title.
McGregor is a former lightweight champion while Poirier is a former interim champion.
Featured Image Credit: @McGregorRousey/Twitter
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