UFC Interim Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor was on a media tour to promote “The Ultimate Fighter 22,” as reported by SB Nation. He said that he’s already planning to jump in the lightweight division after beating UFC Featherweight champion José Aldo at UFC 194 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“Notorious” said that after unifying the featherweight titles, he will accomplish all his goals at 145 pounds and would go after the lightweight belt.
“I feel I want Jose to show up, I’m going to retire Jose and end his career, and then I’m done what I’ve said I would do. I said I would kill the featherweight division. There’s nobody left,” the Irishman said as quoted by MMA Junkie.
McGregor and Aldo are both undefeated in the UFC and will headline UFC 194 for the Unified Featherweight championship. The two were supposed to fight at UFC 189, but Aldo pulled out due to an injury. Chad “Money” Mendes stepped up to fight McGregor for the interim belt but was stopped in the second round after dominating the first.
Mendes said that his second-round TKO loss was due to lack of preparation time as he was only a late replacement for Aldo, as reported by MMA Junkie. McGregor is not impressed and took a shot at Mendes, saying, “Chad can say it’s cardio, but me and Chad know better,” he told the news outlet.
Mendes added, “But I can’t blame Chad for making an excuse. He went from making $48,000 to show and $48,000 to win, to $500,000 flat. Why wouldn’t he want an opportunity like that again?”
“Money” is set to fight former lightweight champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar at The Ultimate Fighter 22 finale on Dec. 22. Edgar challenged McGregor after his UFC 189 win according to FOX Sports.
McGregor is probably the most popular UFC fighter after Ronda Rousey and is looking to become the third fighter to win titles in different divisions after B.J. Penn and Randy Couture.
“I’m going to unify the belts and destroy the division and then I’m going to go up and take the lightweight division, as well. So that’s where I’m headed right now,” McGregor said.
The other bout added to the card at Bantamweight sees McGregor nemesis and Ultimate Fighter Coach, Uriah Faber, face off with Frankie Saenz. The 4th-ranked Bantamweight Californian Kid has been enjoying the limelight from starring and verbally jarring with the Notorious one and becomes the latest big name on the 194 card.
Faber is 32-8 and has won six of his last eight fights. Veteran, Saenz comes in as the 14th ranked fighter in the division but has a seven fight win streak in his favour.
Another Irish fan favourite has also been confirmed as being on the card as SBG’s own Gunner Nelson will come to blows with Demian Maia (21-6). The thirty-seven year old Brazilian, ranked 6th in the Welterweight division, will pose a difficult but interesting test for Nelson.
The adopted Irish man was on an astonishing quick route towards a top five spot in the division and a title shot before being beaten by split decision against Rick Story, the only blemish on the 14-1 record of the submission specialist. This should be a grappling-fest as two ten-submission win fighters face off on this amazing card.
As well as these and the unification bout between Aldo & McGregor, UFC 194 will host the highly anticipated Chris Weidman and Luke Rockhold fight as well as a clash of beasts at Middleweight between Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and the controversial Cuban Yoel Romero.
Source(s): UFC, SB Nation, MMA Junkie, & FOX Sports