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Conor McGregor claims he's "underweight" and only put on 5lbs in weight since his defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The 31-year-old will make his anticipated UFC return on January 18 at UFC 246 when he faces Donald Cerrone in a welterweight bout.
A division heavier than his last Octagon outing in October 2018 against Nurmagomedov.
McGregor has bulked up in size ahead of his UFC comeback, but the Irishman says he's a little over 160lbs despite his remarkable body transformation.
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"I'm underweight right now. I'm underweight. I'd say 160lbs and a bit," he revealed to Ariel Helwani.
"I know I could have [made Cerrone cut down to lightweight]. But I just don't think he looks well at 155lbs. He does not look well at 155lbs. He's a 170lb fighter. Why would I want someone to suffer?
"I don't care. No. I beat him any bleedin' way. I beat him at any weight. I beat him if I have the flu. So I don't need that.
"I just want to focus on my training and keep me sharp. You know, I don't have to cut and then build and then cut. I'm happy where I'm at."
McGregor's in line to rematch Nurmagomedov if he beats Cerrone but the former 'champ-champ' has set his sights on the welterweight division.
"170 is an exciting one for me," McGregor added. "I like 170. I like what's going on in the 170 division at the minute.
"You've got Jorge with that belt, you've got the other guys fighting for the belt.
"I like what's going on at 170 and I feel good at 170. I feel energetic; it's what I weigh. And that's it. It opens up so many more options.
"I'm not done at 155. No way. I could make 155 [for] this fight no problem.
"But I just want to go in fresh as it is. Let the fight play as it is and then open up all my options."
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