Interim featherweight champion the “Notorious” Conor McGregor is gearing up for the biggest fight of his life, as he’s set to meet reigning 145-pound kingpin Jose Aldo in the main event of UFC 194 on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas.
The always confident Irishmen obviously believes that he will get passed Aldo, and he then plans to move up and conquer the lightweight division. However, he may have another challenge waiting for him at 135-pounds.
McGregor seems to have stirred up quite a rivalry with current bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw coaching against Dillashaw’s ex-teammate Urijah Faber on season 22 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF).
The rivalry escalated on a recent episode of the reality show, and there was even a slight bit of physical confrontation. The “Notorious” one has said that Dillashaw is a “snake”, and he’s expressed complete confidence that he would come out victorious if the two were to ever meet.
Recently speaking on the topic, McGregor said that the bantamweight champion is way too small, and that he would cripple him with every shot (Via Bloody Elbow):
“He’s too small. It’s that simple. Every shot would cripple him. It would break his whole, entire life, so I don’t really think he’s in the question. I giggle at his numbers; his numbers are really, really low. Really poor. If I could make bantamweight and take that belt, then it would be reason. But, I’d prefer the lightweight belt.”
Although this would indeed be a very intriguing and exciting affair, it’s hard to picture it ever happening at bantamweight. The Irishman cuts quite a bit of weight to get to 145-pounds, and I’d have to think it would be near impossible for him to make 135-pounds safely.
That being said, there’s always the idea of a catch weight bout or perhaps Dillashaw moving up.
If it were to happen who would you pick to be the victor?