UFC star Conor McGregor backed to fight for title in rumored 165 pound division launch: ‘It has to be him’

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Amid continuing rumors of an introduced super-lightweight weight class to the UFC at 165 pounds, former two-weight champion, Conor McGregor must feature in an inaugural divisional title fight, according to promotional Hall of Fame star and color-commentator, Daniel Cormier. 

McGregor, a former undisputed lightweight and featherweight champion under the promotion’s banner, has been sidelined since he headlined UFC 264 back in July 2021, fracturing his left tibia and fibula in a first round doctor’s stoppage TKO loss to Dustin Poirier.

However, expected to make his long-anticipated return this summer – potentially as soon as UFC 302 at the end of June during International Fight Week, in the form of a middleweight divisional debut against The Ultimate Fighter 31 rival, Michael Chandler.

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And recent speculation regarding Conor McGregor’s impending summer comeback have come in tow with rumors of the impending introduction of a much-fluttered super-lightweight weight class – with the limit coming in at 165 pounds.

Conor McGregor backed to fight for first 165 pound title 

With official confirmation from the organization regarding the introduction of a super-lightweight limit lacking, the above-mentioned, Cormier claims if the division is brought to the forefront, McGregor must feature in a hypothetical inaugural title fight.

“If you do [a] 165 [pound division], it has to be Conor [McGregor],” Daniel Cormier told Ben Askren during an interview on his YouTube channel. “You’re introducing a new weight class – it has to mean something. You can’t have two normal fighters introducing the weight. Look, it didn’t work at 145 [pounds] when they (the UFC) did it for the women. It ended up being two people, but if you recall, Germaine de Randamie fought Holly Holm for that championship in Brooklyn.”

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While Cormier claims McGregor must feature in an inaugural title fight at the super-lightweight limit, his co-host, UFC alum, Askren claimed the Dubliner must not feature in any form of championship fight in the near or distant future – pointing to the fact he is winless in the last four years. 

Do you expect to see Conor McGregor fight in the Octagon before the end of the summer?