Conor McGregor has pretty much confirmed he intends to move up weight classes in the UFC again.
McGregor already has the featherweight title, he is fighting for the lightweight belt, and it appears he already has his sights set on the welterweight championship too.
In an interview with Severe MMA, ‘The Notorious’ argued that at welterweight he’d have a speed advantage.
Look at everyone down there – 180 to 200lbs easily. Everyone I’m sparring is well over welterweight. I’ve got middleweights coming in fresh to try to wear me down. So why not go up? They get slower and they get even less free up there.
They’re stiffer. They’re even more stuck in the mud than the lightweight division. I’ll keep going, keep eating, keep training, I’ll keep going until all the fucking belts are wrapped up.
McGregor also suggested that he is not a champion that will rest on his laurels.
How many times have you seen a champion instantly go up? How many years have you heard about superfights and nothing [happens]? How many times have you heard about a little sore toe? There’s pussies everywhere in this game.
I’m here to fight. I’m here to win every belt and then I’m gone. Then I’ll see the game later. I’ll set it ablaze and walk away.
If McGregor does jump up another division to welterweight he would need to defeat Robbie Lawler to take the belt.
The Dubliner’s self-belief is unrivaled and it hasn’t hurt his career so far, but there is still the small matter of getting past Rafael dos Anjos on March 5 for the lightweight belt before anything else!
An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.