The experiment is over. No, not the CM Punk one. The Conor McGregor as welterweight one.
In two fights at welterweight, McGregor was first tapped out, and then won a narrow decision victory over Nate Diaz. And, yes, be banked a ton of money.
For all those wonderful gains the two fights generated, UFC President Dana White says that Conor won't be fighting at welterweight anymore.
McGregor is currently the UFC featherweight champion, but flirted with the welterweight division, appearing in two memorable fights with Diaz. The fights were wars and McGregor gassed in both of them. White may want to see McGregor show his best in a division closer to his natural weight.
At welterweight, McGregor had to boost up to 170 pounds. As a featherweight, he has to cut down to 145.
“At the end of the day, he’s a 145-pound fighter," White said, as reported by MMA Weekly. "He could go to (lightweight), but going back up to 170 makes absolutely no sense, and it clogs up the entire division, which isn’t fair to the rest of the crew,” said the UFC president.
McGregor could defend his featherweight title or challenge Eddie Alvarez for the UFC lightweight championship next.
As for Diaz, he may not fight again, unless it's a third fight with McGregor.