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Conor McGregor unhappy at Featherweight, open to eventual move up to 155 pounds

"Notorious" says moving up a weight class won't affect his fight style because he has competed at 155-pounds previously ... and achieved similar success.

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Conor McGregor has yet to conquer the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight division -- even though he's off to a mighty fine start -- but the fiery Irishmen has his eyes set on an eventual move up to the lightweight division.

After knocking out Dustin Poirier at UFC 178 this past weekend (Sat., Sept 27, 2014) in Las Vegas, Nevada (video), "Notorious" took part in a media scrum to tackle all questions from eager reporters.

When asked if he'd consider a jump up to test the waters in the 155-pound division, McGregor didn't rule it out, saying that he prefers to fight in that division as opposed to making the grueling weight cut down to 145 pounds.

His words (via Fox Sports):

"I don't like making this weight. I like fighting at lightweight. I fought at lightweight many times in my career. I'm fast at lightweight. I come in refreshed at lightweight. It's a different camp. It's a different build up when I'm fighting at lightweight than it is fighting at featherweight. I'm definitely open to fighting at lightweight no doubt. I don't feel over-sized by the lightweights, so definitely."

Prior to making his Octagon debut, McGregor won the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship Lightweight title, defeating Ivan Buchinger via first-round knockout.

For now, McGregor still has plenty of business to take care of at Featherweight, as he will be flying to Brazil to be Octagon-side as Jose Aldo defends his title against Chad Mendes at UFC 179 on Oct. 25, 2014, in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

And something tells me "Notorious" isn't making the long trip just to take in the fights, but perhaps take part in-cage challenge against the winner of the main event championship fight.

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