Conor McGregor makes his long-awaited return to the Octagon against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone this weekend.
The former two-weight world champion takes on 50-fight veteran Cerrone at UFC 246 in Las Vegas in his first bout since he was beaten by Khabib Nurmagomedov in November 2018.
McGregor made his name in the sport in the featherweight and lightweight divisions, but he will fight as a welterweight for his comeback against the American.
Despite claiming that he was 10lb under the maximum weight at the start of the week, McGregor tipped the scales at 170lb during the weigh-in on Friday.
It highlighted the Irishman’s incredible transformation since he last competed as a featherweight against Jose Aldo in December 2015.
McGregor scaled 145lb for that fight – which saw him unify the featherweight title – and the difference in his appearance between the two fights was clear to see.
Following the weigh-in, there were several posts on social media comparing the Irishman’s current appearance with that before he fought Aldo.
McGregor is almost unrecognisable in the earlier image and looks much healthier at 170lb, which is understood to be much closer to his natural weight.
The clash with Cerrone will be only the third time that the 31-year-old has fought in the heavier division after two fights against Nate Diaz in 2016.
His Most recent appearances in the Octagon have come at lightweight and saw him beat Eddie Alvarez to claim the title in 2016 before losing to Khabib in the same division 15 months ago.
McGregor, who is odds-on favourite to win at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night, will earn a basic purse of £4million from the fight but claims his earnings will hit £60m.
His weight was the same as his opponent, who has also drifted between welterweight and lightweight throughout his long career in the Octagon.
Cerrone, 36, is a notoriously slow-starter and has historically struggled against southpaws, but McGregor insists he will be happy to accumulate rounds on his highly-anticipated return.
“I’m going to go in and I’m going to look to acquire rounds in here. I’m not going to be in a rush,” he said this week.
“I’m going to put pressure on Donald, I’m going to hurt Donald. If he can last, I’ll be happy. I’ll be happy to acquire rounds in here and then build on these rounds.”