McGregor, 33, has bulked up dramatically in recent months, having confirmed his plans to move up to welterweight when he returns to the octagon.
The star weighed in at 156lbs for his trilogy fight against Dustin Poirier last July – during which he broke his leg. While recovering from the injury, he said his weight had shot up by more than 30lbs, saying in a social media post he had become ‘190lbs of granite’.
Now the Irishman has shown off his transformation in an Instagram post, with three photos comparing his weight in 2015, 2017 and 2022.
He captioned the post: “Climb the ladder!”
Many people commented in disbelief, with one fan writing: “That’s actually insane the way he was able to dominate different weight classes like that.”
Someone else said: “Triple Champ Soon.”
A third praised his ‘[glow] up’, and another said McGregor looked like an ‘absolute unit’, with another adding: “Yes sirrrr looking strong brother.”
Another said ‘beast mode’ was ‘on’, while one said: “F***ing first 3 weight world champion in the making let’s f***ing do it king.”
But while some of McGregor’s fans had nothing but praise for his transformation, others argued that the earlier days of his career were his most successful.
One wrote: “The bigger, the worse, come back to 145lb.”
Someone else agreed: “2015 is the best Conor McGregor. The hungry Gregor....”
Another added: “The issue is the lighter u are the better you are.”
Others noted the change in his expression, saying: “In 2022, the eyes are no longer burning so much.”
After breaking his leg, McGregor said he was aiming to get his weight down to 170lbs, the upper limit of the UFC welterweight class.
He told the Mirror: “Straight back into training. I'm looking forward to getting back into the octagon - we'll see what happens, the leg's getting better every day, I think 170 is where I'm aiming for, I feel good at this weight.”
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