McGregor took out Eddie Alvarez in the second round at UFC 205, and in doing so, became the UFC’s 145 and 155 champ. Woodley, meanwhile, remains the 170 champion, as he battled Stephen Thompson to a majority decision, draw.
Since McGregor competed at 170 earlier this year, and because he’s been trading verbal shots with Woodley, there’s already speculation about the two fighting. While discussing that fact after UFC 205, Woodley said this (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“To be straight up honest, Conor McGregor is a guy that’s fought at 145 – ever in his life. I haven’t weighed 145 since my sophomore year in high school…I’m 100% positive he’s never been hit wit the shots I’ll hit him with… I just don’t think Conor understands the pressure I can put on him, the power I can put on him, and all the different attacks. So i think it’s good for media but in general I don’t know how I can win. If I beat him, everyone will say I was supposed to beat him – he’s a former featherweight. If I lose to him, obviously we know what’s going to happen there.”
“If he wants the fight, we can sign it right now. I’m good on the fight. I just don’t think it’s a good idea for him to fight me.”
Now obviously, Woodley – McGregor would be a massive fight, as everyone would like to see if the latter could win a third, UFC title. But, it’s pretty hard to imagine that bout going down next. McGregor needs to figure out what his plans are, in terms of the 145 and 155 belt, and he’s 1-1 in welterweight action. In addition, McGregor announced he’s going to be a father in 2017, and that he plans to take a break.
Further, one would think there’s a good chance that Woodley and Thompson will be booked for a rematch, considering the result of their UFC 205 scrap.