Since Conor McGregor defeated Jose Aldo at UFC 194, the hottest topic in the world of MMA has been who the Notorious Irishman will face next…
For most, it seems that McGregor’s next opponent will be one of three options. Many feel that Jose Aldo deserves an immediate rematch while others feel that Frankie Edgar has more than earned a shot at the featherweight crown.
However, from word coming straight out of Conor’s camp, it seems that another challenger is the most likely to be next up on the Irishman’s hitlist.
Speaking to MMA Fighting, John Kavanagh of SBG Ireland announced that McGregor is determined to challenge for the lightweight title around March or April, before then moving on to defend his featherweight belt against Edgar at UFC 200 next July.
“I do think the next fight will be at lightweight for the belt,” Kavanagh stated.
“Maybe that’s going to be around April or March, something like that. Maybe that and then in July, UFC 200. Maybe he’ll defend the featherweight belt against Frankie on that card.”
If, as clearly suggested by Kavanagh, Conor does indeed go on to challenge for the lightweight title early next year, that would mean that he is set to face the winner of the Rafael dos Anjos and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone clash which takes place this weekend.
Although one cannot say with any certainty who will come out on top in that bout, early indicators suggest that the Brazilian is the clear favourite. Dos Anjos faced Anthony Pettis for the UFC Lightweight crown at UFC 185 back in March, winning the clash via unanimous decision after the 31-year-old dominated the fight.
After it was announced that the Brazilian had also earned a ‘Performance of the Night bonus’, Dos Anjos revealed that he had been fighting with a severe injury as he had torn his MCL just weeks before.
Going into the clash with Cowboy Cerrone this weekend, Rafael Dos Anjos is currently the heavy favourite being offered at odds of just 5/11 to retain his lightweight title.
If the fight goes as the bookies predict then, as can clearly be seen in the clip below, Conor McGregor has a lot to be concerned about as he looks to challenge for the 155 crown next year.