“I read that, we’ll see. There’s a lot to still happen yet. I’m going to go in there, to face this man [Diaz], do what I know I can do and put him away and then we’ll see. [The rest of the featherweight division are] praying I don’t come back. Tell me one time I didn’t make weight. I made championship weight when I didn’t have to. I am the featherweight world champion. The guy I KO’d in seconds is the interim, I am leaps and bounds ahead of that division.”
-Conor McGregor reacts to Dana White’s contention that he’ll return to featherweight after UFC 202 during a media day in Las Vegas.
Penick’s Analysis: McGregor returning to featherweight entirely depends on the outcome of this fight. It could very well be that he returns win or lose, at least to settle things and to make clear he’s better than Jose Aldo, but if he beats Nate Diaz in this rematch there’s another very real option for him: a Lightweight Title bout with Eddie Alvarez. The winner could be the top contender for Alvarez’s belt if they so desire, so McGregor may still have something to say about a 145 lb. return immediately after this bout.
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