UFC president Dana White said that featherweight champion Conor McGregor will not be fighting in the welterweight division again. Though his next fight is not yet confirmed, ‘The Notorious’ is set to fight in either featherweight or lightweight division.
Conor McGregor has succeeded to take his revenge against Nate Diaz at UFC 202. A trilogy bout is expected to settle the rivalry of both fighters. However, McGregor needs to go down at the featherweight division first if he does not want to automatically lose the belt to Jose Aldo.
Dana White said that he wants Conor McGregor to return to the featherweight division to defend his title.
“I made that fight twice. That’s it. It’s time to move on because (McGregor) has the 145-pound title,” said White.
From the time McGregor became the UFC featherweight champion, he has not yet defended the title once. Instead, he chose to go to a higher division to challenge Rafael Dos Anjos. Unfortunately, Dos Anjos pulled out weeks before the fight, enabling Nate Diaz to be McGregor’s opponent.
If Diaz-McGregor 3 will take place, Dana White assures that it will not happen in the welterweight again. As one of the most prestigious fighters in UFC, White wants McGregor to fight in a division where he can show his true strength.
“At the end of the day, he’s a 145-pound fighter. He could go with (lightweight), but going back up to 170 makes absolutely no sense, and it clogs up the entire division, which isn’t fair to the rest of the crew,” said the UFC president.
In his last two fights with Diaz, it was very noticeable that McGregor’s firepower was not that more dangerous than when he was fighting in the featherweight division. As of now, he is free to fight in either featherweight or lightweight division.
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