We don’t know what the future holds for Conor McGregor, in terms of whether he has more than one welterweight bout ahead, but Jose Aldo’s coach doesn’t see him having much success at 170.
Following McGregor’s submission loss to Nate Diaz last month, the featherweight champ admitted that he might have misjudged what competing at welterweight was going to be like. At the time, McGregor said he planned to defend the 145 title next, but he also said he wasn’t ruling out fighting at 170 again.
Well, this week the UFC announced that McGregor and Diaz are going to rematch at UFC 200. The promotion also confirmed that once again, the bout will be contested at welterweight.
Recently Aldo’s coach, the renowned Andre Pederneiras, spoke to MMA Fighting.com. While discussing McGregor’s rematch with Diaz, and his prospects at 170, he stated:
“(It will be) tougher than the first one,” he said of McGregor vs. Diaz. “I think Conor will control more his impulse to get the knockout so he doesn’t gas again, but even if he wins, which I don’t think will happen, he’s way smaller than the athletes in this division, and I’m not even talking about the champion. For an example, a fight between him and Demian (Maia), who is a big guy for the division since he came from 185 pounds, Conor’s chances at defeating guys in this division are really low.”
Of course, McGregor fans and others will point out that this is why the Irish star should be praised. He’s willing to take risks by fighting larger men. But, it’s also worth noting that Diaz has been a lightweight for much of his career, so, it’s not like McGregor is fighting a big 170’er like Johny Hendricks or Maia.
So, even if McGregor defeats Diaz in the rematch, one would think bouts at 155 are more likely ahead than 170 no? The much talked about Robbie Lawler – McGregor fight isn’t going to happen any time soon as a result of UFC 196. Then again, when it comes to the UFC and McGregor anything’s possible…