McGregor has talked about returning to the lightweight division for months, and not it looks like he’ll challenge the division’s champ, Rafael dos Anjos, on March 5th. The news has come just days before Pettis will take on Eddie Alvarez at UFC Fight Night 81.
Due to the recent news, Pettis was asked to weigh-in on McGreogr’s pending move to 155, while talking to MMA Fighting.com recently. Here is some of what “Showtime” had to say:
“…If they want to give me McGregor, I’ll take it. If they want to move me down to ’45, I really don’t care right now. I’m so content and motivated with that burning fire to be the best in the world again. The UFC makes promises to guys, they come out and they say things that don’t always happen, man.
“I’ve seen it a million times, so I’m not going to stress myself out over a title shot or who’s next in line. If they’re going to make money on Conor, I’m sure they’ll give [the title shot] to Conor. But I’ll tell you this, Conor going to 155 is a totally different world. I mean, he’s not going to go up there and look like the Conor of 145. That’s why Jose Aldo never moved to 155.”
There’s no doubt that McGregor won’t enjoy the same size and strength advantage he had at 145, while competing at lightweight. His reach and length won’t be play as a big of a factor either. But, does this mean he can’t be a success? And take the lightweight crown? No. But it will likely be much harder as Pettis argued.
UFC FN 81 will go down on January 17th at Boston’s TD Garden.