Conor McGregor backs Khabib Nurmagomedov conspiracy theory ahead of UFC return

Conor McGregor has questioned whether Khabib Nurmagomedov made weight before his fight with Justin Gaethje last year.

The Dagestan native has long struggled to make the 155lb lightweight limit and looked nervous before stepping on the scale last October.

He needed a towel to make weight but a conspiracy theory later emerged with critics claiming footage showed the scale was not set properly and that Nurmagomedov jumped off too quickly.

He went on to submit Gaethje in the third round to retain his title before announcing his retirement following his 29th victory.

Nurmagomedov will hold talks with UFC president Dana White this week to determine whether he will stay true to his word.

McGregor, meanwhile, will also be in Abu Dhabi ahead of his rematch with Dustin Poirier next weekend.

And he has added his voice to the dubious chorus around Nurmagomedov's weight issues.

"He's looking like an elephant, he's looking like a little fat elephant," he told The MacLife.

"He's enjoying himself, I don't think he made weight the last time either, I was very sceptical, it was very unusual behaviour."

Nurmagomedov retains the lightweight title despite insisting he will not return.

And even if he gives it up after speaking to White, it will not be on the line when McGregor takes on Poirier.

Should the Irishman beat his rival for a second time, he will likely challenge for the belt in his next fight.

Possible opponents include Charles Oliviera and the winner of the UFC 257 co-main event between Dan Hooker and Michael Chandler.

And he added: "I'm here to compete against good competition and the belts will come, maybe the next bout is fair.

"I would have liked to see it for this fight but there were circumstances around the man scurrying away; they've given him a bit of time."

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