Conor McGregor is scheduled to fight one of the planet’s best fighters in Jose Aldo, and in what will be one of the biggest fights ever, but evidently he was hoping to throw down in the interim…
As you know, McGregor is coaching opposite of Urijah Faber on the upcoming season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, and on December 12th, “Notorious” will battle Aldo. As a result of that bout, McGregor and Faber weren’t booked to fight, which is typically the case for TUF coaches. Sure, a lot of people would like to see Faber-McGregor, but considering he’s set to fight the champ, it’s understandable he’s not right?
Well, the UFC recently released some promo materials for the upcoming season, and in one of the clips, McGregor reportedly relayed the following (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“Really, it would be nice to have a fight at the end of it,” said McGregor. “We could easily fit a fight in on the Dublin card in The O2[3Arena] in October. Filming wraps at the end of September, I believe[sic]. I could go in and make light work of Urijah. I could maul him inside one round and be fresh.
“Then we could do the Jose fight towards the end of the year on one of these dates that’s being thrown around. They wouldn’t have it so we’ll just be coaches and that will be that.”
The comments were recorded before Aldo-McGregor was set for December 12th of course, but it’s not surprising the UFC wasn’t interested in doing this. The promotion spent a ton of cash promotion Aldo-McGregor for UFC 189, and that fight fell through, so having the brash interim champ fight prior to that bout would be extremely risky. Not only due to the injury factor, but what if Faber won? Obviously all the air would be blown out of the massive, massive hype balloon tied to Aldo-McGregor.
McGregor also relayed that at first, since he wasn’t going to fight Faber, he wasn’t interested in doing the show. But then he decided to do the show since “this is the life I’ve chosen”.
Faber, meanwhile, isn’t currently booked for a bout. It will be interested to see if he fights at 135 or 145 next, and who it will be.