Further to the news that Conor McGregor and Michael Chandler will square off in the Octagon later this year, more information has materialized.
Per reports from Ariel Helwani, the two have agreed for their bout to take place in the welterweight division at 170-pounds.
This news should come as no surprise to most who follow McGregor closely, as in the recent months he has been packing on muscle and thus does not appear he will ever be able to make it to 155-pounds again.
Multiple sources have confirmed to me since the announcement of the fight that Conor McGregor vs Michael Chandler will take place at welterweight.
Hardly surprising how big The Notorious has got during his hiatus.
— Chisanga Malata (@Chisanga_Malata) February 4, 2023
It seems that Chandler is getting everything he asked for during his callout of McGregor back in May, following his victory over Tony Ferguson.
“I want you at your biggest, I want you at your baddest, and I want you at your best” – Michael Chandler
Michael Chandler calls out Conor McGregor. 👀🍿
— theScore (@theScore) May 8, 2022
McGregor is no stranger to the welterweight division, as back in January 2020 he moved up to 170-pounds to face Donald “Cowboy” Cerone, a bout in which he won via knockout just 40 seconds into the first round. Additionally, both of his contests versus Nate Diaz were held in the welterweight division.
Prior to that, the former double champ found his success in the featherweight and lightweight divisions. Now he has plans to conquer things at 170.