Amidst all the speculation and ongoings in the world of MMA media, the UFC has finally announced the headliners for UFC 201, putting to bed some speculation and keeping us in the dark on more issues.
Robbie Lawler will more than likely defend his welterweight title against Tyron Woodley at UFC 201. There are a few details to iron out according to Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting the fight is all but booked. The news immediately squashes rumors that Lawler would fight at UFC 200 but also leaves us wondering what this means for Conor McGregor.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) May 5, 2016
SBG head coach John Kavanagh, tweeted this week that McGregor would return at 201 or 202. It appears now as though, if Kavanagh is to be believed, that ‘The Notorious’ will headline UFC 202. However, anything that has come from SBG in recent weeks regarding McGregor can almost be taken with a pinch of salt, as the feud between the fighter and the promotion continues.
If McGregor does fight at UFC 202, it would likely not be to defend his featherweight crown, unless the Aldo vs Edgar rematch is a very short fight with the winner coming out unscathed. Judging by their last fight, this is extremely unlikely. And with the hype continuing to grow for the Diaz vs McGregor rematch it would be senseless of Dana White and Co. not to capitalise.
That said there is a lot of work to be done and bridges to be mended before we see the featherweight champion return to the octagon. Time will tell if Dana White and his associates decide to think with their heads or their hearts.