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Conor McGregor in ‘best shape of his life’ after piling on pounds for Cowboy Cerrone welterweight fight, says UFC doctor

CONOR McGREGOR is in the “best shape” of his life as he prepares to return to the octagon, according to the UFC doctor.

McGregor, 31, has released intense training photos and footage ahead of his cage comeback against Donald Cerrone on Saturday.

 Conor McGregor is in the 'best shape of his life' says the UFC doctor
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Conor McGregor is in the 'best shape of his life' says the UFC doctorCredit: Instagram
 McGregor has been ramping up his training ahead of his cage comeback against Donald Cerrone
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McGregor has been ramping up his training ahead of his cage comeback against Donald CerroneCredit: Instagram @thenotoriousmma

The Irishman has not fought since a bitter loss to lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018 - with The Notorious demanding a rematch in 2020.

But McGregor will compete at welterweight on his return, and despite insisting he has only gained 5lbs since his last fight, UFC boss Dana White claims the Dubliner is in the shape of his life.

White told TMZ Sports: "Conor and I have not seen each other face-to-face yet, but we have been texting and I'm hearing that he's in phenomenal shape right now.

"The UFC doctor is actually saying he thinks Conor's in the best shape he's ever seen him in.

"Head seems to be in the right place. Ring rust is real, I believe in it, we'll see how that goes.”

UFC president White ruffled feathers when he confirmed McGregor is next in line for the lightweight belt, despite not winning since November 2016 and returning at welterweight.

The Notorious has been allowed to make his comeback at welterweight to avoid a gruelling weight cut, something the 31-year-old has always dealt with.

But McGregor has only twice fought at 170lbs - against Nate Diaz in 2016, losing the first bout before winning the rematch.

White reckons Cerrone is at a major advantage with the fight not taking place at lightweight, and claimed The Notorious could even weigh under the welterweight limit, like he did against Diaz.

He said: "I think that the level of disrespect shown to Cowboy Cerrone by the media, a lot of the fans and definitely the sportsbooks in Las Vegas is insanity.

"This fight is interesting on a lot of different levels, obviously Conor has been out for a while.

"Conor has fought twice at 170 - he's got a win and a loss.

“Cowboy Cerrone is almost one of those guys that needs something big to fight for.

"It's more than just the money and the type of things that come along with it. This is the type of fight that Cowboy Cerrone is an absolute spoiler in.

 

 

"This is his deal. These are the type of fights he likes to be in. He's fought at 170 many times, is comfortable at 170.

"Conor McGregor will probably weigh in at 169 or 168 or somewhere around there.

"It's even hard for Conor to hit 170 - so very interesting fight between two of the baddest in the business to ever do it."

 White reckons Cerrone is at a major advantage with the fight not taking place at lightweight
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White reckons Cerrone is at a major advantage with the fight not taking place at lightweightCredit: USA TODAY Sports
 McGregor weighed in 2lb under welterweight for his rematch against Diaz
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McGregor weighed in 2lb under welterweight for his rematch against DiazCredit: Getty Images - Getty
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