Conor McGregor’s three-year body transformation is striking ahead of UFC return

Conor McGregor has shown off his stunning three-year body transformation as he gears up for a return to the UFC on January 23.

The Irishman is set to make his first Octagon appearance in 12 months against Dustin Poirier, six-and-a-half years on from their first fight.

It was McGregor who came out on top in that encounter, stopping the American after one round of their battle at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

However, having first met in the featherweight division the pair will now go head-to-head at lightweight, where Poirier has plied his trade for the last five years.

McGregor’s last appearance came against Donald Cerrone at welterweight in January of last year, however he is also a former UFC Lightweight champion having knocked out Eddie Alvarez in November 2016.

He is a two-weight champion in the sport, first clinching the UFC Featherweight championship in a 2015 win over Jose Aldo.

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It has been a rapid rise through the weight divisions for the 32-year-old, who became the first UFC fighter ever to hold world titles in separate weight classes at the same time, and a recent picture from his latest training camp shows how much his body has developed over the years.

Compared to a picture from 2017, McGregor clearly boasts broader shoulders and a generally bulkier frame.

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He will have to cut weight again for his bout with Poirier, nevertheless, after UFC president Dana White revealed their showdown would not be held at a catchweight.

“Its a 155 pounds. I am not putting on a multi-million dollar fight at Catchweight that means nothing. It means nothing,” White told BT Sport.

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“The fight means nothing at 170. Neither one of those two are ranked at a 170 pounds and it doesn’t do anything in the 55-pound division if either one of them wins.

“Because they are fighting at 170. It literally makes no sense. There are plenty of organizations that put up fights that don’t make sense. You can go watch those kinds of fights every weekend. That’s not what we do here.”

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