At a time when the stock of Rafael dos Anjos is at an all time high, featherweight contender Conor McGregor has contended he wouldn’t have a “problem” defeating the new lightweight champ.
Dos Anjos has long been regarded one of the UFC’s best lightweights, but following his one sided, decision win over Anthony Pettis earlier this month, his status has never been higher. McGregor, of course, has talked about returning to lightweight for sometime, and it wasn’t long ago when he was driving hard for a fight with Diego Sanchez.
Well, McGregor has been traveling with the World Tour in advance of his July 11th fight with featherweight champ, Jose Aldo, and at an event in Los Angeles he relayed (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“We will take Aldo and we will take dos Anjos, without a problem,” McGregor said.
“The featherweights must beg now,” he said. “They must beg for pardon, beg for forgiveness. If that’s the case, if they apologize and beg, I’ll leave the division. I won’t terrorize them anymore. They can have their division back. They can go back to being on the prelims and I’ll go to the lightweight division.”
Wow. Without a problem huh? Chances are there are a few folks out there who would disagree with McGregor. That said, “Notorious” is big for 145, has stopping power, and he’s held titles at lightweight before (with Cage Warriors).
Now really, all this talk is pointless for the time being, as McGregor has to get by one of the planet’s best P4P fighters in Aldo first. Further, even if McGregor does defeat Aldo, he acknowledged that the UFC likely wouldn’t want him moving up a weight class. McGregor would have to clean out the featherweight division, which one could say Aldo will have done, if he’s victorious on July 11th.
UFC 189 will be hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The card will also see welterweight champ Robbie Lawler take on Rory MacDonald.