CONOR McGREGOR showed off his seven-year and one-and-a-half stone body transformation ahead of his UFC return.
The Irishman is looking beefy ahead of his next fight as he posed in the gym, revealing his huge biceps.
UFC commentator Joe Rogan with Conor McGregor[/caption]
Conor McGregor weighing in at lightweight[/caption]
Conor McGregor poses during a welterweight weigh in[/caption]
It is a stunning transformation from the lean 145lb featherweight McGregor who emerged as the greatest star in UFC history.
After becoming champion by 2015, just two years after his debut, The Notorious moved up to the 155lb division.
There he knocked out Eddie Alvarez to become the first to ever hold two UFC titles at the same time.
McGregor, 34, had stints at 170 with a pair of 2016 welterweight bouts with Nate Diaz and a 40-second win over Donald Cerrone in 2020.
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His last two fights have been back at lightweight, where he faced Dustin Poirier, the man he knocked out at featherweight in 2014.
Poirier, 33, returned the favour in their 2021 rematch with a KO in round two before disaster struck in the trilogy bout last July.
McGregor broke his leg in the first round and has not returned since after successful leg surgery.
The former two-weight champion confirmed online that his return bout would be at welterweight.
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And his latest social media post appears to suggest that is still the plan by suggesting he is weighing 170lb currently.
McGregor has been ruled out of fighting until 2023, having undertaken his first Hollywood role.
He is starring in a reboot of Patrick Swayze’s 1989 classic Roadhouse, alongside Jake Gyllenhaal.
But it has paved the way for superstar to make a massive return to the cage next year.
He said on Instagram Live: “I’m going to be back soon, hopefully. Early 2023 I’m aiming for. Sometime in that first quarter.”
Conor McGregor training ahead of his UFC return[/caption]