During this evening’s UFC 194 media conference call, Conor McGregor made it quite clear what his plans are post-December 12th.
It is no secret that Conor’s life as a featherweight is nearing it’s end. The Dubliner has said several times that he would be making a move to the lightweight division sooner rather than later, even suggesting that his fight with Jose Aldo for the unified championship may be his last 145lb affair.
That now seems a near certainty.
Asked by Tom Rooney of the Irish Independent if he felt the UFC would allow him to move up in weight immediately after winning the title, McGregor answered in the affirmative. He also seemed confident that he wouldn’t be joining the back of the queue for a title shot at 155lbs. In fact, he stated that he would go straight into a fight with the winner of the December 19th lightweight championship bout, between Rafael dos Anjos and his old verbal sparring partner, Donald Cerrone.
“I will KO Jose Aldo and I will face the winner of the lightweight belt which takes place a week after”, said McGregor. “So within the next two fights, I will be a two weight world champion”.
He did show some glimpses of doubt regarding the jump elsewhere in the conversation, when he suggested that Aldo might be able to force a rematch with a particularly brave showing. Conor stated, however, that he doesn’t envisage the fight playing out in that fashion.
“I just don’t see him answering the bell for the second round. I can’t see his face or his body at the beginning of the second round. I see him KO’ed inside one. And when you KO a man inside one, there is no need for a rematch”
“So, I’m looking to emulate what I achieved in my previous promotion[Cage Warriors] and collect two belts in two different weight divisions”.