Sure, Conor McGregor has ticked off a ton of people during his rapid rise up the UFC, but retired fighter and former featherweight challenger, Mark Hominick, says the brash fighter has been good for the 145 division.
Now, if you’re new to MMA, then Hominick’s name may not ring a bell, since he hasn’t fought in over two years. The talented striker worked his way up the ZUFFA featherweight ranks throughout 2010 and 2011, and challenged champion Jose Aldo at UFC 129 (the latter defended the belt via unanimous decision).
“I think Conor McGregor has completely flipped the division upside down, and that’s exactly what it needed,” Hominick said. “You know like you can see the PPV numbers, the draws, it’s not the same for the 125, to 135, to 145 division. So you need someone with that ‘it’ factor that brings eyes and butts to the seat, and that’s what Conor’s doing. And I think if he was in another division, that division would get that same spike.”
It’s pretty hard to argue with that. Although many believe McGregor hasn’t truly been vetted yet by a top tier contender, there’s no question his fighting style and verbal skills have brought plenty of attention to the UFC’s featherweight division.
In addition, Hominick argued that because of the hype McGregor has created, Aldo has benefitted as well:
“So I think that’s why everyone’s talking about it, and with that being said I think it helps gather the respect that Aldo deserves. Because you know it’s the same as Mighty Mouse. I think he is one of the best pound for pound fighters and no one even gives him respect because there’s no attention for it, and what Conor’s done for the 145 division not only obviously brings attention to him, but it also brings attention to Jose Aldo the champion…”
Thus, why many believe the UFC will tap McGregor for a title shot, provided he defeats Dennis Siver on January 18th. Yes, despite the fact Frankie Edgar just rolled through Cub Swanson, who had won six straight prior.