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UFC colour commentator Joe Rogan has suggested that the reason Conor McGregor is fighting at welterweight is because all the years he spent cutting to featherweight has made him not want to cut weight anymore.
McGregor will make his eagerly awaited UFC return on January 18 in Las Vegas when he faces Donald Cerrone in a welterweight bout at UFC 246.
His decision to fight at 170lbs raised eyebrows having campaigned at 155lbs (lightweight), but Rogan believes the former UFC double champion is done with extreme weight cuts.
"Because Conor doesn't want to lose any weight," Rogan said on his podcast. "I think that guy tortured himself to get down to 145 so hard - and when you look at what he looked like when he was on the scale, when he was flexing, he looked like a god damn zombie.
"It was horrible. So, I think, whether he complains or not about that, nobody rides for free. You do that to your body for a couple of years, you do some damage and it makes it harder to lose the weight afterwards.
"So, then he's going up to 155. He's obviously elite at 155, wins the title at 155, has the great rematch with Diaz at 170 and then comes back and fights Khabib at 155 and gets mauled.
"He has a fight with Cowboy, he's really a 55er that can fight welterweight. That's the right size for him versus, I don't think Nate is fighting 155 any time in the future anymore."
Rogan continued by saying that McGregor has specifically chosen Cerrone, who is a natural lightweight, before mentioning Jorge Masvidal as a potential opponent down the line.
"He's fighting a guy who, I think in his eyes is not really a welterweight," he added. "I think he thinks of Cowboy as a guy who will fight at 170 but he's really a 55er... I think Conor's calculated in his comeback. I think this is a smart fight for him because he's not fighting someone who is too big, where I feel like that was the argument about Nate even though Nate did fight at 155 for a long time. He's a big dude.
"And then there's some other guys that want to fight him at 170 that are real 170s. [Jorge] Masvidal is a perfect example of that. Masvidal was a 155er for a long time but he's not anymore."
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