By Will Griffee For Mailonline
Published: 18:14 GMT, 17 January 2020 | Updated: 18:17 GMT, 17 January 2020
Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone both made weight for their UFC 246 showdown, overcoming the final hurdle before fight night with ease.
Cutting weight can be the most tortuous part of the process for fighters but the main event combatants looked healthy and energised on the scales.
‘Cowboy’ 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 heavy his opponent came in at before flexing his biceps, acknowledging a fan yelling his name and then disappearing off stage.
The ‘Notorious’ won his first title at 145 pounds before conquering the 155-pound division so 170 is no issue at all for him.
The brutal dehydration, sauna time and exercise to shed those last few painful pounds were mercifully absent here.
Slowly there’s a perspective developing that athletes competing at their more natural weight rather than seeking a size advantage is not only medically sensible but also makes sense from a performance perspective.
Those who cut a huge amount can suffer physically in the fight, especially in terms of cardio as their body simply hasn’t