As Conor McGregor (pictured) has professed to the world a thousand times, he’s not here to take part, he’s here to take over.
McGregor is such a smooth talker, sometimes it’s tough to tell when to take him seriously. Well, believe this – the overly confident Irishman was dead serious when he claimed during Wednesday’s UFC 194 media functions that he will be the first man in a decade to defeat Jose Aldo in order to unify the UFC featherweight crown on December 12, then bounce up to challenge the winner of the lightweight title tilt between champ Rafael dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone on December 19.
“I will KO Jose Aldo and I will face the winner of the lightweight belt, which takes place a week after and I will fight for that,” McGregor stated during a luncheon in Los Angeles. “Within the next two fights I will be a two-weight world champion.”
McGregor, who currently dons just an interim UFC title, must first get past Aldo, who is perfect in his past 18 outings. If “Notorious” is able to do so, he would then have to get past UFC president Dana White.
Despite his perceived favoritism towards McGregor, the UFC’s latest cash cow, it would be hard to believe White would allow McGregor to create logjams in two divisions – particularly at lightweight, arguably the UFC’s deepest weight class. The reason McGregor has the interim featherweight belt in the first place is because Aldo has been inactive since October 2014.
Furthermore, White has said in the past that he wants his champions to defend their gold several times before entering another weight class. And if/when that time came, they would have to relinquish their current belt in order to pursue a new one.
White previously told Aldo that he would have to forfeit his featherweight belt if the fantasy fight with then-UFC lightweight champ Anthony Pettis came to fruition. If Aldo, who is the only featherweight champion the UFC has ever known, wouldn’t be allowed to hoard two pieces of jewelry, then it wouldn’t make sense to allow McGregor, who doesn’t have one title defense under his manufactured belt.
Nonetheless, McGregor has laid out his agenda and he’s sticking to it.
“After this fight I will sit and watch the title fight (with dos Anjos and Cerrone) and I will make my plan for that next,” McGregor retiterated. “I would like to go for that title next. I would like to get this fight, lightweight fight and then decide what contenders are there in the lightweight division and featherweight division and then make the decision.
“Featherweight’s popping because I’m in here popping. If I go up to 155, guess what? All of a sudden 155 is popping. I might bless them with some big numbers as well in the future.”
No UFC fighter has ever donned titles in two weight classes at the same time. Randy Couture and BJ Penn are the only UFC fighters to be multi-division champs.