Conor McGregor spoke to the media after getting back to winning ways at UFC 202, prevailing over Nate Diaz in an instant classic.
With his crushing UFC 196 defeat finally avenged in a bloody five round war, Conor McGregor’s attention returned to the future. Such are the options now available to him though, his next destination remains unclear.
Returning to the featherweight division to defend his crown, challenging for the 155lb. belt, and a rubber match with Nate Diaz are all viable moves for McGregor to make.
Though he hinted at a triumphant return to 145lbs. (“I want to get me abs back”), the bespectacled Irishman is jaded with the saga surrounding the interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo, whom he defeated in just 13 seconds last December.
“It’s hard for me to get excited about that [Aldo]”, McGregor told the press. “He didn’t go out and get it like I wanted him to get it [against Frankie Edgar].”
On his featerweight inactivity: “I don’t think they’re gonna strip me of the belt. They want to give my belt to the guy I knocked out in 13 seconds and bury that division in the prelims? There’s many things in the pipeline, so sit tight. Shit’s about to hit the fan, so we’ll see.”
The possibility of the lightweight division and champion Eddie Alvarez beckons for McGregor, who believes that the Diaz trilogy, which he feels must happen, can hit two birds with one stone.
“When we fight again it will be on my terms. I believe if we do it again, it will be at 155lbs. Maybe for the belt. Who knows what’s next.”
Speaking on the fight itself, it was clear that the ‘Notorious’ felt that he had exercised six months of hurt and ridicule in gaining the victory.
“This was a hell of an important fight for me. Everyone tried to write me off. Every single person doubted me. Every single fighter doubted me. Doubt me now.
I felt I won the fight. Three rounds to two was a fair result. He’s a big boy too, he was a good 30 pounds bigger than me in there. I don’t care what anyone says.”
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) August 21, 2016
The Q&A session can be seen below via Skip2MyLou619 on YouTube.