After the UFC 202 victory, Conor McGregor will be facing a hard decision in choosing his next opponent for the succeeding events. There are speculations that ‘The Notorious’ is eyeing to fight Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title and ready to vacate the featherweight title.
UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor succeeded to take his revenge against Nate Diaz at UFC 202 main event. Now that their score is tied, the possibility of a third bout continues to spread in the MMA world.
However, UFC president Dana White is not supporting the fight to go down for the third straight time. According to TMZ, White gave the Irish fighter two options for his next bout. First is to return to the featherweight division and defend his title against interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
Second is to cut weight to 155 pounds and fight Eddie Alvarez, who is currently the UFC lightweight champion. Before the fight, Conor McGregor already declared that he will return to the featherweight division.
“I’ll reclaim [my belt]. Let all those featherweights know, who are praying that I don’t come back,”McGregor said.
However, it seems like the Irish fighter is more interested in fighting in the lightweight division than returning to featherweight and fight the man he KO’d in 13 seconds. After the UFC 202 main event, McGregor challenged Diaz to fight him at 155-pound.
John Kavanagh, McGregor’s head trainer, supports the Irish fighter in his decision to fight in the lightweight division.
“Me, personally, I will be pushing for 155. That’s just my big brother type of opinion. He looks like a tank to me, I just think that he was designed to be a lightweight. I really don’t see the point in it (going back to 145).” Kavanagh said.
Dana White also said that the main reason why he wanted McGregor to fight in either featherweight or lightweight is for him to unleash his full potential. It was very noticeable that McGregor’s performance in the 170-pound was not that destructive.
If McGregor goes after the lightweight title, there is a higher possibility that he is already willing to give up his belt to Jose Aldo. Aldo’s performance in his fight against Frankie Edgar might have affected McGregor’s decision to return to the featherweight division.
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