Monday 24 October 2016

McGregor plans go at the double

Champ would love to fight in front of home fans at Croker or Aviva

Conor McGregor has big plans for the future
Conor McGregor has big plans for the future

Crumlin native Conor McGregor's rapid rise to the very top of mixed martial arts was confirmed at the weekend when he became the undisputed UFC featherweight champion - and now he wants to become a two-weight champion.

'Notorious' stunned 'Junior' Jose Aldo with a left cross, which separated the former pound-for-pound superstar from his senses in just 13 seconds. Now he is plainng an assault on the lightweight didvision - but won't give up his new belt.

McGregor outlined his plans talking to a US TV crew post-fight about his 155-pound ambitions:

"I didn't say it was going to be my last one, but I would like to go up and fight for that 155-pound belt and replicate what I've done in the previous promotion." he said.

"I would like to go up and face that 155-pound strap, so we'll see what's next."

However, there might be a more tempting offer for McGregor, a first title defence back at home at either Croke Park or the Aviva Stadium. UFC president Dana White previously said that if McGregor beat Aldo, his first title defence could be in Ireland

He said: "If that's the proposal [fighting in Croke Park], 80,000 in Croke Park and bring Frankie (Edgar, possible opponent) out, that would be sweet.

"If they have Croke Park and they want him, I'll take that, no problem. Times are good. The options are there."

And speaking at the post-fight press conference, McGregor added: "If they offer me Croke Park, or if they offer me the football [Aviva] stadium, you're damn right I'm gonna take it."

'The Answer' Frankie Edgar ould make an excellent option for his first title defence at featherweight, but a champion versus champion tilt would also be hard to argue against, especially if it was also in a massive stadium show in Dublin before a legion of loud Irish fans.

The 27-year-old is also arguably the biggest featherweight in the division and has a frame that's more befitting for the lightweight class.

McGregor looked gaunt after weighing in on Friday but dismissed suggestions he can no longer make featherweight limit safely.

He said: "Don't get me wrong, it's a tough weight cut but tell me one time I've missed it.

"Tell me one time I've not turned up the next day fresh."

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