Conor McGregor still has some pretty massive challenges at featherweight, but the UFC’s fastest rising star says a move to lightweight could take place as early as next year.
As everyone knows, McGregor could be tapped for a title shot later this month, depending on what goes down on October 25th, when featherweight champ Jose Aldo takes on Chad Mendes. The Irish fighter has worked his way into title contention thanks to a four fight win streak, which saw McGregor take out Dustin Poirier in the opening round at UFC 178.
So, if McGregor in fact gets booked for a title shot, one would think that fight will go down sometime in early 2015. Recently “Notorious” spoke with Ireland’s Severe MMA , and during the interview, McGregor relayed that he could see himself moving to lightweight, even if he wins the UFC featherweight title.
“If a 155 fight came up I will take it. I’m only gone 26, I’m not going to be making featherweight my whole career, it’s a tough cut. I do it and I do it professionally, but it’s tough.”
If you’re unaware, McGregor has fought at 155 in the past, and held Cage Warrior Fighting Championship’s lightweight title (as well as its featherweight crown). In McGregor’s perfect world, he envisions winning the UFC featherweight belt, defending it, and then challenging for the promotion’s lightweight title.
“I’ll win the belt, maybe I’ll defend it in the Aviva and then I’ll challenge for the lightweight belt, then who knows? That’s definitely in my plans, you better believe that,”
“It’s going to be in the summer. I’ll win the belt, possibly in January or February in Vegas and then I’ll defend it in the Aviva in June or July. It’s definitely in the Aviva next summer.”
If you’re wondering what the hell Aviva is, it’s a stadium in Dublin with over 50,000 seats. So, if you don’t think the UFC would be interested in having McGregor headline an event there, then it may be time for you to review some basic economics.
Now will any of this happen? Maybe. Maybe not. One thing’s for sure, if McGregor gets booked for a featherweight championship fight, it will be a massive addition to a pretty stacked, early 2015 schedule.