Conor McGregor warned not to return to lightweight division after bulking to 190lb

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McGregor has bulked up to 190lbs since breaking his leg against Dustin Poirier in July and UFC star Sean O’Malley thinks the Irishman shouldn’t return to lightweight

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Conor McGregor: Who will he fight next?

Conor McGregor has been warned by fellow UFC star Sean O’Malley to not fight at lightweight upon his return to the cage.

McGregor has been sidelined since breaking his ankle in his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in July.

He has been limited to weight training since his injury and has only recently returned to hitting pads in the gym.

The former two-weight world champion’s time in the weight room has resulted in him packing on a lot more size, claiming to be “190lbs of granite” in a recent tweet.

And O’Malley thinks McGregor’s extra muscle mass would not benefit him if he returns at 155-pounds for his next fight.

“I don’t think that’s necessarily good for fighting, dude. I don’t think that’s going to be an advantage or a benefit.” O’Malley said on The Timbo Sugar Show podcast.

“Dude, if he’s 190 [pounds] right now, he should not go down and fight at 155.

But despite warning McGregor against fighting at lightweight, O’Malley wouldn’t be surprised if ‘Notorious’ proves him wrong.

“Watch him go do it, and be fast as f**k, and be better than ever too,” he added.

McGregor has also been called out by the likes of Max Holloway, Tony Ferguson and Michael Chandler as he prepares for his UFC return next year.

The 33-year-old targeted April as a return date for “full MMA sparring” with plans to line up a fight shortly after that.

And McGregor’s longtime coach John Kavanagh has targeted fights with Nate Diaz and Ferguson upon his fighter’s return.

“I’ll be honest, the Nate Diaz trilogy is very, very tempting. It’s a fight that gives me nightmares,” Kavanagh said whilst appearing on The MMA Hour.

“The man doesn’t stop coming forward whether it’s three rounds or five rounds – but it’s an intriguing fight, so that one is definitely very interesting.“

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Diaz submitted McGregor on 11 days’ notice at UFC 196, but the Irishman would avenge his loss five months later at UFC 202.

They have been tipped to fight for the third time ever since their rematch but the trilogy is yet to materialise.

Kavanagh also touted Ferguson – a former interim champion who went unbeaten in 12 fights – as a potential opponent for McGregor.

Ferguson has lost his three UFC appearances but Kavanagh thinks he still has a lot to offer.

“Also the Tony Ferguson one. It never happened and it was talked about a lot,” he continued.

“Tony still has, I believe, a lot to offer the game; he’s a very unorthodox striker, grappler. I think the build-up would be fun for the fans.”