Conor McGregor continues to dominate the headlines in MMA-related news stories at the moment and, in particular, his bid for a second UFC title belt.
Already the featherweight champion, McGregor has his sights set on the lightweight title and will get his chance to wrestle, or strike, it from the grasp of Eddie Alvarez on November 12th in New York.
Having been a two-weight champion during his Cage Warriors days, the ‘Notorious’ is bidding to make history and become the first simultaneous two-weight king in the UFC.
In being handed his title shot by UFC president Dana White, many fighters have cried foul, both over the failure to give former featherweight champion José Aldo a long-awaited rematch, but also the fact that the Irishman has leapfrogged ahead of the likes of Khabib Nurmagomedo, the division’s number one contender.
Now, however, as reported by Fox Sports, an unlikely ally for McGregor has emerged in the form of Anthony Pettis. The former lightweight champion and now one of the leading figures in the featherweight division, has spoken of his support for what the champion is trying to achieve.
“I was trying to do that when I was champ. I called out José Aldo right after I won the belt at lightweight, it was supposed to happen, it didn’t happen for reasons.
“I think right now, Conor he’s doing his thing. He’s a guy that’s winning fights, he’s knocking guys out, he’s fighting guys like Nate Diaz but he’s winning fights, what can you say.
“When I won the belt, the first thing I said was ‘José Aldo we have unfinished business’. That was my plan way back when I was the champ.
“He’s selling the tickets, he’s selling the fights, he’s winning the fights and people want to watch him fight.”
With the American once again focused on a clash with José Aldo, provided the Brazilian doesn’t walk away from the sport, he appears happy to praise McGregor.
However, you might well expect that if he were to become the No. 1 contender in the coming months, it would not be long before he is calling the Irishman out, seeking his own chance at glory.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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