Now that Conor McGregor is the undisputed featherweight champ, he has his sights set on the 155 belt, but that doesn’t mean his days fighting at 145 are over. Well, if the “Notorious” fighter gets his way they’re not…
McGregor has always said that he plans to return to lightweight, where he competed before, and did quite well, earlier in his career. Before McGregor bombed out Jose Aldo at UFC 194 last night, the Irish fighter said he intended to keep the featherweight title and make a run at 155 at the same time.
But, following McGregor’s stunning victory on Saturday, Dana White told FOX Sports that the fighter’s coach told him the new champ’s days of cutting to 145 are over. Well, if that’s the case, then it’s news to McGregor, or there was some type of miscommunication.
At the post-fight presser, not only did McGregor say he wants to pursue the lightweight title, he stated the following (quotes via MMA Junkie.com):
“I’ll tell you one thing that won’t be happening,” he said. “If I go to that lightweight division, there’s no way in hell that I’m vacating my belt. That’s not happening. There’ll be a belt on one shoulder, and a belt on the other shoulder.
“I understand why previously they would have fighters do that, because many fighters don’t fight as frequently as I do. Tell me how many fights I’ve had in the past year. I’m busy. I stay active. When I go up to lightweight and I take that lightweight belt, I will still be the featherweight champion.”
How about that? Now in the past, White has said champs need to clean out their division, before they”ll talk about ‘super fights’. But, since McGregor has become a megastar, and is making serious bank for the UFC, don’t be surprised if he gets the greenlight to do this.
Even if, it could lead to some difficulties down the line, provided McGregor takes the lightweight title as well. If he were to get injured, the championship picture would come to a halt in not one, but two divisions.