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Stunned fans hail Conor McGregor’s body transformation as he beefs up ahead of his comeback

‘Looks like a tank’: Stunned fans hail Conor McGregor’s body transformation as UFC star flexes muscle ahead of his return to action after a broken leg – with a potential fight against YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul on the cards

  • Fans praised Conor McGregor’s work in the gym after looking torn
  • One said he ‘looked like a tank’ as he beefed up ahead of his comeback
  • MMA star has potential fight against YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul

Conor McGregor “looks like a tank”, according to fans praising his body transformation as he prepares to return to the ring.

The Irish MMA star hasn’t fought since losing to Dustin Poirier in July 2021, a fight that saw him break his leg in his third loss in four UFC bouts.

And McGregor has clearly been working hard on his recovery, putting on muscle – something fans on social media were quick to point out.

‘The Notorious’, a former two-weight world champion, is set to return to the octagon later this year and has vowed to fight for a world title again despite losing his last two fights.

The 33-year-old is believed to be cutting his weight to 155lbs, or around 70kg, so he can challenge at welterweight level, but recent training photos show McGregor looking ripped and in good shape.

He posted a video of a “Proper Twelve” challenge – 12 weighted pull-ups for “St Practice Day”, in reference to his business Proper Whiskey and the upcoming Irish St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Thursday, March 17.

The MMA star posted training photos with him looking much taller

Stunned fans hailed Conor McGregor’s body transformation as he beefs up

Fans reacted in disbelief to his winnings, with one wondering if he still had enough speed

Fans reacted in disbelief to his winnings, with one wondering if he still had enough speed

One fan said he would nickname him ‘McJacked’, while another joked that McGregor could challenge to be a ‘heavyweight champion’ despite his world titles at featherweight or lightweight.

Another added: ‘This dude definitely won’t be making 155lbs anytime soon’, with a third posting: ‘Conor looks a lot bigger than usual, I think his next fight will be at 170’.

One sports fan said: ‘Will these arms be 155? They look crazy,” while one joked, “Conor BigGregor.”

Others questioned his mobility given the muscle mass gained, with a sixth saying, “Looks like a tank, hope you still got the speed” and another echoing those thoughts, tweeting: ” Too much muscle to be fast I think.”

Potential opponent Jake Paul insisted he was happy to step down to fight McGregor at 175lbs

Potential opponent Jake Paul insisted he was happy to step down to fight McGregor at 175lbs

Although the date and opponent of his return have yet to be confirmed, McGregor is reportedly keen to face the winner of the Justin Gaethje vs. Charles Oliveira fight in May, with a return mooted in early July.

An eye-catching bout with YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul could also be on the cards, with American Paul recently offering to drop to 175lbs – closer to McGregor’s weight – to secure a fight.

Paul, 25, weighed as much as 192 pounds in his budding five-fight career (5-0) but insisted he was happy to fight at light heavyweight.

McGregor fought at 170 pounds, winning against Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone, and could be around that weight with his recent muscle gains.

Paul tweeted: ‘(UFC chief) Dana White begs Diaz and Conor to fight for third time. They fought at 170 pounds in both of their bouts. I will fight Conor at 175 pounds, no problem. Stop making excuses p****es.

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