Although Rafael dos Anjos just defeated one of the sport’s best fighters in Anthony Pettis, Conor McGregor apparently doesn’t foresee an issue defeating the new lightweight champ…
McGregor has talked about fighting in the UFC’s lightweight division for some time, as the brash fighter has held titles at 155 before. Not long ago, McGregor was pushing for a scrap with lightweight vet Diego Sanchez, but the bout never materialized.
Well, at a recent World Championship Tour event to promote his July 11th bout with featherweight champ Jose Aldo, McGregor apparently said the following (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“We will take Aldo and we will take dos Anjos, without a problem,” McGregor argued.
“The featherweights must beg now,” he said. “They must beg for pardon, beg for forgiveness. If that’s the case, if they apologize and beg, I’ll leave the division. I won’t terrorize them anymore. They can have their division back. They can go back to being on the prelims and I’ll go to the lightweight division.”
How about that for some hubris huh? Chances are these comments aren’t going to convince McGregor critics to jump on board the “Notorious” band wagon. But, regardless of whether you believe McGregor has a championship belt in his future, he is a big and powerful featherweight. So, it’s not hard to imagine him fighting and defeating UFC lightweights.
McGregor also acknowledged that if he defeats Aldo at UFC 189 and becomes champ, he’ll have some work to do before the promotion lets him jump up to 155. If Aldo wins, however, one could certainly argue he’s cleaned out the featherweight division. Perhaps a bout at 155 could be in his future?
UFC 189 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.