Conor McGregor has said several times that he plans to defend his 145 title after UFC 202. But as his rematch with Nate Diaz nears, the Irish star has some folks wondering if that’s going to happen.
As you certainly know, McGregor is booked to fight Diaz on August 20th at UFC 202. Immediately after McGregor was submitted by Diaz in March, the 145 champ said he planned to defend the belt next. Obviously that all changed, and since then, Jose Aldo has gone to decision Frankie Edgar to grab the interim featherweight belt.
UFC boss man Dana White has said that McGregor will take on Aldo next. But in a recent media call to promote UFC 202, the latter reportedly stopped short of committing to a rematch with the Brazilian star. McGregor was on hand at UFC 200 to watch Aldo – Edgar, and during the call he said he was in attendance to see if Edgar could win the interim belt. Then, while discussing Aldo specifically, McGregor stated (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I was scheduled to fight Aldo many times,” McGregor said. “We had like a two-year media run, the whole thing. I spent so much time with that man and he pulled out. Then we finally got into it and it took me one shot to the crown to shut his lights out. So I don’t know what he’s thinking. Right now, I’m prepared for a war and that’s that.”
The vaunted striker also apparently added that he doesn’t know what’s next, after UFC 202, and that he’s just focused on Diaz. So, one could certainly predict that unless Diaz defeats McGregor for a second time, we might not see McGregor – Aldo II anytime soon, if ever.
UFC 202 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.