New UFC Featherweight Champ Conor McGregor on lightweight field: “The division needs me – I don’t need the division”

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Conor McGregor (Photo credit Gary A. Vasquez © USA Today)

New UFC Featherweight Champ Conor McGregor wants to capture the Lightweight Title as well, but as to whether or not that’ll be his next fight, he said on Saturday it depends entirely on Rafael dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone.

“I’ll keep my ear to the ground, I’ll see what kind of numbers we’re talking,” McGregor said of taking the winner of that fight (transcribed by “It’s not even a pay-per-view card so the division is struggling big time. The division needs me – I don’t need the division. So I’ll play it by ear and see. I am emotionless to who comes out victorious.”

McGregor said after his 13-second win over Jose Aldo that he wants to defend both belts intermittently, but whether he goes up to take it now or later in the future will depend on a number of factors, including who wins Saturday’s fight, and what the UFC pushes for in the featherweight division.

Penick’s Analysis: I think it’s pretty clear the UFC will try to make a Conor McGregor-Donald Cerrone fight happen if Cerrone wins, as that’s a highly entertaining matchup between two who have already exchanged words with one another. Beyond that, Cerrone-RDA isn’t as enticing stylistically or monetarily as McGregor-Frankie Edgar or the McGregor-Aldo rematch, so expect one of those fights instead in that scenario.

[Photo (c) Gary A. Vasquez via USA Today Sports]

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