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Industry Expert Makes Massive Claim Regarding Conor McGregor And UFC 200

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer has dropped a potential bomshell regarding Conor McGregor’s UFC 200 fight.

First up for McGregor is a lightweight title bout at UFC 196 with Rafael dos Anjos – which represents probably the only run of consecutive title fights at different weights in the promotion’s history.

Both the Irishman himself and his coach John Kavanagh have raised the possibility of a welterweight title charge at some stage during his career.

“I’ve said from the beginning that welterweight may not be out of the question”, Kavanagh wrote on the42.ie.

“One of Conor’s main sparring partners, Gunnar Nelson, is a welterweight, so Conor is very used to that feel. I would not be at all surprised if we’re preparing to go for a third belt a year from now.”

If such a sensational move were to happen, it was expected to occur in 2017, or perhaps the end of this this as per Kavanagh’s blog post.

Writing in his latest Observer newsletter though, wrestling and MMA insider Dave Meltzer claims that:

“There’s a ton of news regarding big names fights over the next few months. If Conor McGregor beats Rafael dos Anjos, he’s going to push for a fight with welterweight champion Robbie Lawler at UFC 200.”

Robbie Lawler kicks Johny Hendricks in their welterweight title fight at UFC 181
Robbie Lawler kicks Johny Hendricks in their welterweight title fight at UFC 181

A previous statement from the man himself claimed that he was expecting to sign a nine-figure contract with the company – an unprecedented claim in the sport, let alone the UFC.

While now the biggest draw in the game, McGregor has made it known that he doesn’t plan on sticking around forever, so an attempt to fast-track his ‘domination’ of the game by asking for a 170lb. fight isn’t as unfeasible as it once seemed.

Of course, it would require a monumental performance against the tough Dos Anjos to set up the clash.

All of this begs the question as to whether Conor McGregor has enough pull within the company to successfully clamour for a third straight title fight at three different weight classes. A showdown with ‘Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler though would certainly justify main-eventing what’s sure to be the company’s biggest ever show.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

Student whose interests lie in sports ranging from Darts to MMA, with the likes of Golf, Boxing and Soccer in between. Closet wrestling fan and a lover of sports psychology and stiff jabs.