Ahead of his fight against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257, Conor McGregor is looking in possibly the best shape of his career. In his last fight against Donald Cerrone at 170 lbs, Conor McGregor was looking big and strong, but after dropping back down to 155 lbs for this next fight, he seemingly looks bigger and leaner than ever before.

This is a stark contrast from his extreme weight cuts he endured to make the 145 lb weight limit. He cut so much water weight, he would often look close to emaciated at the weigh-ins. Of course, a lot of this weight returned in the time between the weigh in and fight night so he didn’t look so extreme once he finally stepped into the octagon.

Cutting this much water weight can be physically taxing, and if you aren’t able to rehydrate fully in your time from the weigh-in to the fight time then it will undoubtedly hinder your performance. Based on his current condition, the expectation is that Conor will be cutting much less weight for the weigh-in, so many fans are excited to see what kind of performance he will bring on the night.

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This is the second time that Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier will be fighting. They first met at UFC 178 at 145 lbs as up and coming contenders to the title. McGregor appeared to dispatch of Poirier relatively comfortably via a 1st round TKO, and so many believe the rematch will be much the same.

However UFC 178 was all the way back in September 2014, so both fighters will have developed their skills tremendously – neither are the same fighter now. Dustin has shown some excellent progression, with only 2 losses since the McGregor fight and 11 excellent wins, most recently including a unanimous decision against Dan Hooker. The two losses include a TKO against Michael Johnson back in 2016, and a submission against Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2019.

Conor has had 6 wins and 2 losses since the Poirier fight, as well as a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather. The first loss was to Nate Diaz, the second was also to Khabib Nurmagomedov – both of which ended by submission. In recent years Conor has been relatively inactive – his comeback plans for 2020 were hampered by the global pandemic. However in his last fight in January 2020, he looked extremely impressive with his 40 second demolition of Donald Cerrone. In fights that end so quickly it’s very difficult to assess where fighters are, but he clearly seemed to be levels above a high level opponent.

Dustin was apparently heart-broken after the fight with McGregor, and has been keen to revenge that loss ever since. He believes it will be a hard fight, but that he has a plan, and intends it to be a long and painful night. In contrast, McGregor has suggested the fight will be over in 60-90 seconds.

It’s a fascinating fight, and it will be interesting to see what happens on fight night on the 24th January 2021.