All the fighters from the main and co-main event were there at the UFC 194 media conference last night. However, the predictable star of the show was Conor McGregor, who announced his next bout could be for the lightweight title.
Just hours before he went live across America with Jimmy Kimmel, Conor McGregor held court over the world’s media and all his fellow competitors at the top of the bill at UFC 194. The Notorious one exhibited his customary chutzpah, and after a relatively brief warm-up in which he bated his usual suspects (“Chad Mendes hits like a bitch,” etc), he then began to drop some real bombs.
Asked if he felt the UFC would be comfortable with him changing weights quickly if he deposed Aldo, especially given how long the Brazilian had stood at the pinnacle of the division, the interim champion’s position was clear and somewhat shocking:
“I will KO Jose Aldo and I will face the winner of the lightweight belt which takes place a weeks after and then I will fight for that. So within two fights I will be the two weight world champion.”
Although McGregor never speaks with anything other than absolute confidence, his seeming certainty suggests it may have been an eventuality which has already been discussed with Dana White and the Fertitta brothers. And, if that is true, it has the potential to be superfight unlike anything seen in the promotion since BJ Penn first faced George St. Pierre.
Pressed late on whether he would consider a rematch with Aldo, should the UFC grant him his long-time wish to stage the fight at Croke Park, the Dubliner conceded it would be an attractive proposition, but only in the unlikely event that the long-time champ were to “give him a war” when they met in Las Vegas, something he didn’t consider likely.
Other remarkable tales to emerge from the conference included the fact that McGregor had a partially torn ACL when fighting Mendes, about which Team Alpha Male new and targeted in the bout. He also revealed he had agreed not to use any body strikes against the Brazilian’s injured rib if he agreed to go ahead with their fight. When this allegation was put to Aldo later, he was less than direct in his denial.
If all that was said was true, the biggest match-up of the year could have just got a little bigger, as it would leave Ireland’s finest one fight away from writing himself into the sport’s history books, and ensuring hall of fame status before he even turns 30.