Conor McGregor has become the most wanted man in the UFC following his record breaking endeavours at UFC 205 on Sunday morning.
The featherweight and lightweight champion is the first person in the promotion to hold both belts simultaneously and now two stacked divisions are lining up for a shot at the champion.
Before UFC 205, former featherweight champion Jose Aldo had staked a claim for a rematch with McGregor and as interim champion, stands the best chance of the first shot at a featherweight version of the ‘Notorious’ one.
Up at 155lb, Khabib Nurmagomedov called out the Irishman immediately after his own lightweight victory on the UFC 205 under card and with a record of 24-0 (8-0 UFC), the Russian has a strong claim for a title shot.
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Tony Ferguson has also thrown his hat in the octagon following his defeat of former champion Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 98 earlier this month.
The list of potential challengers for either of McGregor’s straps has now grown again as Anthony Pettis, the former lightweight champion and current featherweight contender, has put forth his own challenge to the Irishman.
Speaking to TMZ Sports, the American has issued a warning to McGregor that he is coming for the featherweight belt first and then the lightweight strap.
While complimenting the new champion on his achievement, Pettis made clear his intentions.
“If he stays fighting, I’m coming for the 145 pound strap AND that 155 pound strap.”
The future of both divisions is now uncertain as McGregor has given an indication of his desire to defend both belts, while UFC president Dana White has insisted he must give up one or the other.
Whenever an agreement or decision is made between McGregor and White, only then can a list of challengers be drafted.
However, given the current ranking of Pettis (#5 – featherweight), there is likely at least one more fight between him and a lucrative title shot with McGregor.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena