Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone both hit 170 pound limit as UFC weighs 246 stars before Las Vegas confrontation
Cutting weight can be the most curvy part of the fighters process, but the main event fighters looked healthy and energetic on the scales.
& # 39; Cowboy & # 39; was the first man out and hit 170 pounds on the dot. McGregor took his time but weighed exactly the same.
He asked the UFC staff how to flex his biceps and to acknowledge a fan shouted his name and then disappeared from the stage.
The & # 39; infamous & # 39; won his first title at 145 pounds before he captured the 155 pound division, so 170 is no problem at all for him.
The brutal dehydration, sauna time and exercise to shed those last few painful pounds were graciously absent here.
A perspective is slowly developing that athletes who compete for their most natural weight rather than looking for a big advantage are not only medically sensitive, but also make sense from the perspective of performance.
Those who cut an enormous amount can suffer physically in battle, especially in terms of cardio because their bodies simply did not have the chance to fully recover.
This should not be his indictment for McGregor and his intention to acquire & # 39; rounds & # 39; suggests that a four or five round match will not be too much for him.
The Irish has been accused of gassing in the past, but this is the right change to his training schedule to go into the cage for 25 minutes if needed. This week he was walking around below the limit, so if he could have treated something to a decent breakfast before going to the scales.
Cerrone is the naturally taller man at 6 ft 1 in but also regularly competes in the lightweight division so could enjoy a fighting week in Las Vegas without worrying about 170 pounds.
He is hardly a huge physical welterweight specimen, but the least advantage is a nice advantage to have in his favor.
Neither of the two men is likely to enter the octagon considerably more heavily, but the mental obstacle to clearing the weighings out of the way will allow both of them to concentrate fully on the fight.
They will record it for the last time at the ceremonial weightings later in the afternoon for fans at the Park Theater MGM and start counting down the hours with just over a day until they finally toe-to -to go.
BT Sport Box Office shows Conor McGregor's return to the Octagon, exclusively live on Saturday, January 18, as he battles Donald & # 39; Cowboy & # 39; Cerrone records
UFC 246 costs just £ 19.95 and can be viewed on BT TV, Virgin, Sky, online via the internet or the BT Sport Box Office app.