Conor McGregor‘s coach John Kavanagh has announced that his newly crowned champion student will face either Rafael dos Anjos or Donald Cerrone for the UFC World Lightweight Championship in April 2016.
Much speculation has ensued since Conor McGregor won the Featherweight title in spectacular fashion, as to whom his next opponent might be. Aldo immediately- or at least, as soon as he had woken up- requested a rematch, Edgar staked his claim with a first round TKO over Chad Mendes, but McGregor himself stated he wanted to fight next at lightweight, and declared he had assurances from Dana White that he could do so for the title.
The Notorious one’s coach John Kavanagh this week confirmed in his report on the aftermath of UFC 194 in The 42 , that not only will the new featherweight champion fight the winner of tonight’s bout between Rafael dos Anjos and Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, but he will do so in April:
“What’s next for Conor? The lightweight belt. We’re going to take a little break from that cut down to 145lbs, even though this was one was the easiest so far. But in saying that, ‘easy’ is a relative term. It still requires a level of discipline that 99.9% of people wouldn’t have, never mind be able to compete as well the following day.
So the next step will be winning the title in the 155lbs division. The current champion, Rafael dos Anjos, defends the belt against Donald Cerrone tomorrow night. Regardless of who comes out on top, we’ve been given the green light to fight the winner.
We believe that’ll be in April but I’m looking forward to this weekend’s fight too. I’ll be watching eagerly to see who it is. I’m expecting a close fight but if I was to bet — which I won’t — I’d say Rafael dos Anjos will win it.
If Frankie Edgar wants a shot at the featherweight title or Aldo wants a rematch, we’re fine with that too. But they’ll have to wait, because that lightweight belt is next on the agenda.”
Presuming the Irishman is victorious and uninjured, it is highly likely that the UFC brass would want him to defend his Featherweight belt in July at the promotion’s marquee UFC 200 event in Las Vegas.