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Gunnar Nelson Thinks Conor McGregor Will Move To Lightweight

November 2, 2015 | Posted by Joseph Lee

In an interview with Submission Radio, Gunnar Nelson said that he thinks Conor McGregor will eventually move up to lightweight from featherweight. Here are highlights:

On McGregor’s attempts to drop to 145: “Yea, he does a big cut. He doesn’t like it and I don’t think he’s going to do it much longer. I think he’s going to move up. I think he wants to move up. I don’t blame it. I wouldn’t be able to this cut too many times. It definitely takes it out of you. There’s no doubt. He has a lot of energy and he’ll toughen through it and fight really well even though he does that cut. I just think, looking ahead, this isn’t good for your health. I don’t think he should do it many more times and I’ve told him that. That’s my opinion.”

On cutting weight frequently: “It’s definitely not good for the athletes in this sport. It’s not good for your health. It’s not good for your brain. It’s just not good and I don’t see why we should be doing this. I think we should get rid of it quickly.”

On the aftermath of McGregor’s fight with Mendes: “He couldn’t walk for a while. He couldn’t wrestle or grapple for a long time in the camp. He basically just did rounds of boxing and checking the kicks. He showed up on one leg. That’s basically what happened. He did the best he could. He was injured. There’s no doubt. He was injured going into the fight and still performed. I think that’s very respectful.”