Some people have written off Conor McGregor’s chances of winning the UFC’s welterweight title, but it doesn’t sound like the featherweight champ has.
It kind of seems like ages ago now, but earlier this year, McGregor was booked to fight Rafael dos Anjos, who at the time was the lightweight champ. There was buzz that if McGregor defeated RFA, perhaps the UFC would also tap him for a welterweight title fight.
As you know, McGregor fought Nate Diaz instead of RDA, and was submitted in the second round. Since that fight took place at 170, and because McGregor was unable to finish Diaz, many have concluded the Irish star’s future should be at 145 or 155.
Well, recently McGregor held a press conference in advance of his August 20th rematch with Diaz. During the presser, McGregor had this to say:
“I still envision two or possibly three belts on my shoulder”
“If Dos Anjos hadn’t of p*ssied out of that last fight – the shots I hit Nate with in the first eight or nine minutes of that contest would have KO’d Dos Anjos,” McGregor added. “I’d be sitting here with a belt here and a belt there.”
Now, obviously if McGregor loses to Diaz again, then they’re won’t be any talk about him fighting at 170. Or anytime soon at least. In fact, one would think that if he does avenge his defeat, then the UFC would look at him fighting at 155, rather than 170. After all, the original plan was for McGregor to fight at 155.
Then there’s also the big question of whether “Notorious” will return to 145 to face Jose Aldo again…McGregor has stopped short of outright saying he’ll return to fight the interim champ.