Just as Frankie Edgar begrudgingly predicted, Conor McGregor (pictured) will get the next crack at UFC featherweight king Jose Aldo if McGregor beats veteran Dennis Siver on January 18.
UFC president Dana White made the announcement following Thursday’s UFC 182 Media Day in Las Vegas.
“This fight in Boston, if [McGregor] wins, he’s going to fight for the title,” White stated.
Edgar, who is currently ranked second in the UFC’s 145-pound division, hoped November’s victory over Cub Swanson would earn him a rematch with Aldo, but he knew the odds were against him given White’s love for McGregor.
While most pundits believe thrashing Siver is a mere formality, White thinks McGregor will have his work cut out for him inside TD Garden.
“Everybody just assumes he’s going to run through Siver,” White said. “Nobody thought he was going to beat [Dustin] Poirier, but now he’s just going to walk through Siver? I don’t ever f****** count the chickens until they hatch, believe me, because anything can happen in this sport. So we’ll see what happens.”
McGregor is currently a 9.5-1 odds-on favorite to dispose of Siver.
All of McGregor’s detractors claim it’s too much too soon for the UFC’s golden boy. However, if McGregor beats Siver, that would be 13 straight wins with his last five coming inside the octagon. So it’s not crazy to justify sliding “Notorious” into a championship affair.
Aldo is the only featherweight champ the UFC has ever known. The Brazilian has posted seven straight title defenses – nine if you include his WEC run before getting promoted to the UFC.
A scrap between the two could be box office. White added that the potential shootout could go down in a stadium in McGregor’s homeland of Ireland.