Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone hit 170-pounds limit as stars weigh in ahead of Las Vegas showdown
Cutting weight can be the most tortuous part of the process for fighters but the main event combatants looked healthy and energised on the scales.
‘Cowboy’ was the first man out and hit 170-pounds on the dot. McGregor took his time but weighed exactly the same.
He asked the UFC staff how heavy his opponent came in at before flexing his biceps, acknowledging a fan yelling his name and then disappearing off stage.
The ‘Notorious’ won his first title at 145 pounds before conquering the 155-pound division so 170 is no issue at all for him.
The brutal dehydration, sauna time and exercise to shed those last few painful pounds were mercifully absent here.
Slowly there’s a perspective developing that athletes competing at their more natural weight rather than seeking a size advantage is not only medically sensible but also makes sense from a performance perspective.
Those who cut a huge amount can suffer physically in the fight, especially in terms of cardio as their body simply hasn’t had the chance to fully recover.
This shouldn’t be an issue for McGregor and his intention to ‘acquire rounds’ suggests that a four or five round contest will not be too much of a stretch for him.
The Irishman has been accused of gassing out in the past but believes he’s made the correct changes in his training regime to go 25 minutes in the cage in necessary. This week he was walking around under the limit so if anything he could have treated himself to decent breakfast before taking to the scales.
Cerrone is the naturally bigger man at 6ft 1in but also regularly competes in the lightweight division so could enjoy fight week in Las Vegas without worrying about getting down to 170-pounds.
He is hardly a massive physical specimen at welterweight but the slight size advantage is a nice advantage to have in his favour.
Neither man is likely to enter the octagon significantly heavier but the mental hurdle of getting the weigh-ins out of the way will allow both to fully focus on the fight.
They’ll face off for the final time at the ceremonial weigh-ins later in the afternoon in front of fans at the Park Theatre MGM and start counting the hours down with just over a day until they finally get to go toe-to-toe.
BT Sport Box Office will show Conor McGregor’s return to the Octagon, exclusively live on Saturday January 18, as he takes on Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone
UFC 246 will cost just £19.95 and can be watched on BT TV, Virgin, Sky, online via the web or the BT Sport Box Office App.