Conor McGregor is planning ahead. He is planning to be a champion in the Welterweight division as well after being a champion at Featherweight and Lightweight.
Conor McGregor isn't necessarily done fighting at lightweight, but if he defeats Michael Chandler, he hopes to challenge for the UFC welterweight championship.
McGregor hinted that he could attend UFC 286 to watch Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman 3 on a special episode of The MMA Hour. He has a personal stake in the outcome.
“Yeah, I’d like [a welterweight title shot. So I would like that,” McGregor told to Ariel Helwani.
The weight class for McGregor vs. Chandler, the UFC's season-ending matchup following The Ultimate Fighter 31, has not been made official by the organisation. Yet, McGregor tells Helwani, "I'm 170," that he views himself as a welterweight.
McGregor said that the venue has not been decided upon but that it may take place in Las Vegas, New York, Dallas' AT&T Stadium, or London.
McGregor has fought three times at welterweight so far, splitting his matches with Nate Diaz in the first two before crushing Donald Cerrone in a rematch in 2020. Afterwards he lost to Dustin Poirier in back-to-back lightweight fights, dropping the first one via knockout and the second via leg break in a trilogy battle.
McGregor has often targeted Usman, the former welterweight champion who wants to reclaim the title at UFC 286 following a devastating knockout defeat to Edwards in August.
When the notion was put out this past year, UFC President Dana White didn't reject it, but the TUF coaching position and fight against Chandler, who has traditionally competed at lightweight, raised doubts about the promotion's ambitions.
Interestingly, McGregor is set to be in London for a business meeting and could be in attendance for UFC 286. What do you think of the take from Conor McGregor? Let us know in the comments below.