Conor McGregor had an iconic career in the UFC after rising through the ranks to eventually become the promotion’s first fighter to be champion in two weight classes at the same time.
He moved up through the featherweight, lightweight and welterweight divisions, undergoing a remarkable transformation in the process.
When he debuted in the UFC in 2013, he weighed in at 145 pounds in the featherweight division.
It would take him two and a half years to reach title level at that weight, eventually defeating Jose Aldo by first-round knockout in December 2015.
But that wasn’t enough for McGregor, who had new horizons in his sights.
Conor McGregor’s physique has undergone extreme changes during his time in the UFC
Last year, McGregor his transformation over the years with his fans on Instagram
Just eight months later, he crossed swords with Nate Diaz in the welterweight division at 170 pounds, defeating the American by decision after five rounds in the fight of the night.
By the end of 2016, he had already come down to try his hand against Eddie Alvarez at 155 pounds to win the lightweight title in a sparkling performance.
“Notorious” made history, holding the featherweight and lightweight title at the same time with a victory in Nevada in the most purchased UFC pay-per-view event of all time.
Yet this eventful year wasn’t the only one where he showed remarkable weight fluctuations.
In July 2021, McGregor broke his leg in the first round of his shock defeat to Dustin Poirier, but from there he managed to put on 34 pounds (two and a half stone) of muscle in six months, which, according to experts, was almost impossible for most people to achieve.
He won his first title in December 2015 by defeating Jose Aldo at featherweight.
In August 2016, he added the welterweight crown to his collection by defeating Nate Diaz.
In 2022, McGregor joked that he weighed 265 pounds, which would put him at the top of the UFC heavyweight spectrum.
The Irishman has not fought in the UFC since then, but UFC chief Dana White insists he should return to the octagon “next year”.
McGregor had aimed to face Michael Chandler in December this year, but failed to meet the USADA drug testing deadline to stage the fight this year.
This year’s photographs show the incredible transformation he has undergone since his UFC debut in 2013.
In 2021, thanks to his rapid weight gain, he was able to gain weight through numerous hypertrophy workouts, free weights and six carefully considered meals a day tailored to his body, McGregor’s personal trainer said , Alejandro Celdran. AS.
He is known for practicing boxing, jiu-jtsu, wrestling, taekwondo, karate and capoeira, a Brazilian martial art disguised as dance, to build a varied program and skills, thereby improving different aspects of his physique.
“Variety is best,” he said. “For me, the diet doesn’t work. »
On top of that, the Irishman tends to keep a low profile when it comes to his workout routine.
At one point last year, he even joked that he was between 265 pounds and 120 pounds heavier than when he won his first title.
McGregor put his friend Dillon Danis through his paces to prepare him for a showdown with Logan Paul
It’s hard to take this seriously, given that this is the upper limit of the UFC heavyweight division, but it shows how McGregor feels about his body and strength – which is extremely confident.
Recently, McGregor was in New York with Dillon Danis to prepare a friend for a night against Logan Paul.
Their practice even took them to the famous, invitation-only New York Athletic Club, which brings together 22 teams for different sports.
Regarding the Danis-Paul fight, McGregor said: “Dillon will win, for sure. They’re already going backwards right now. They woke up an animal. (I’ve known) Dillon for years and trained with him several times. I guide him, I will train him for this and I guarantee a victory.