Former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor is all set to return to the Octagon against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone at UFC246, which will take place at the T-Mobile Arena on January 18.
The fight will be contested at the welterweight limit, which is a division higher than what Conor McGregor last fought in. This will be his first fight in nearly fifteen months.
Many fans believe that the reason behind McGregor fighting at 170lbs is to set up a future fight with BMF champion Jorge Masvidal. While there are many compelling match-ups for Conor McGregor in the welterweight division, there have also been talks about Conor McGregor fighting UFC lightweight champion Khabib Numragomedov in a rematch.
Dana White has previously stated that Conor McGregor wished to fight three times in 2019, where he is looking to avenge his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov and then fight the BMF champion Jorge Masvidal.
“Conor has this idea, too, that if things don’t go his way and he [doesn’t] get the fight [with Khabib], he’ll have had a 170 fight in his pocket again and [is] considering a [Jorge] Masvidal fight,” White said. “I think everybody knows what I think about it. I think it’s a bad idea.
“Conor gets pissed off when I say it’s a bad idea, and he’s like, ‘You think I can’t beat Masvidal?’ I’m not saying you can’t beat Masvidal. Anybody can beat anybody on any given day, but why? Why go after that fight when you could possibly just wait?”
Jorge Masvidal became the BMF champion last month at UFC 244, where he knocked out Nate Diaz. Although Dana White previously said that the BMF belt was a one-off incident, the Irishmen wants to snatch the belt from him.
“Conor wants that belt from Masvidal,” White said. “I did it as a one-off and like I said, it was fun. It was awesome. We’ll see what happens.” Dana White concluded. (H/T – MMAFighting.com)