Now that Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier seems likely to take place in January 2021, all that needs to be decided is what weight class should the fight be contested at?
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McGregor and Poirier have indicated their intention to fight at welterweight. But would that make sense for two lightweight contenders?
Adding to the conversation, Khabib Nurmagomedov recently told Aaron Bronsteter of TSN that this fight needs to happen at 155 pounds. He believes that fighting at 170 or 185 pounds wouldn’t make this a lightweight contender fight.
In this video, Ant Walker, Matthew Wells, and Drake Riggs share their opinions on what the weight class should be for McGregor vs. Poirier.
Wells says that he wants to see the fight take place at welterweight solely because he’s not a fan of weight cutting at all and would prefer to see the two guys battle at a natural, healthier weight.
Riggs agrees that weight cutting is obviously a concern for any fighter but that moving this fight up to welterweight effectively diminishes the significance of weight classes. He says that if we want the best fight possible, hold it at welterweight, but in terms of what it means in the grand scheme of things, it should be held at lightweight.
And Walker adds a spanner to the works by suggesting that if the fight doesn’t take place at lightweight, it really should happen at 165 pounds. He believes that’s the best way to introduce that weight class.
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Formerly the lead MMA Editor at RealSport.