The man himself has addressed mounting speculation that he will move even further away from the 145lb. featherweight division that he currently reigns supreme over.
In a fantastic interview with Severe MMA, Conor McGregor was unequivocal in airing his intentions for the future.
“I’m coming for that belt. I’m coming for that next belt. I’m coming for the whole company.”
“Look at everyone down there [pointing to his sparring partners for the UFC 196 training camp]- 180-200 lbs. easily. Everyone I’m sparring is well over welterweight. I’ve got middleweights coming in fresh to try to wear me down. So why not go up? They get slower and they get less free up there – they’re stiffer.
They’re even more stuck [in the mud] than the lightweight division. I’ll keep going, keep eating, keep training, I’ll keep going until f***ing all the belts are wrapped up.”
“You saw me with that Mountain. He was seven foot and I folded him”, he joked (at least we think he’s joking).
The Notorious then lamented the death of ‘true’ martial arts, and took aim at the likes of heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum, who recently pulled out of the previous iteration of UFC 196 with an injury. McGregor doesn’t plan on hanging around the game too long either, having apparently made well over $25m already.
“How many times have you seen a champion instantly go up?”, he asked.
“How many years have you heard about superfights and nothing? How many times have you heard about a little sore toe? There’s pussies everywhere in this game. I’m here to fight. I’m here to win every belt and then I’m gone. Then I’ll see the game later. I’ll set the game ablaze and walk away.”
You can see the full, wide-ranging interview here.