The big question after Conor McGregor got revenge on Nate Diaz at UFC 202 this past Saturday (Aug. 20, 2016) was: What is "Notorious" going to do next?
While the fiery Irishman wouldn’t commit to his next move during the post-fight scrum, he did say he has plenty of options waiting in the wing for him to mull over. The least of which have to do with a rematch against Jose Aldo.
If you ask John Kavanagh, Conor’s head trainer, he wants to see his star pupil go back to lightweight and get a title shot there. After all, there is no point for him to take on featherweights because if Nate couldn’t do nothing to him with his punches, the smaller guys at 145 won’t have nothing for him.
And since he’s already run through plenty in the division -- Aldo included — it will be almost like he’s cheating if he continues to pick in that division.
John broke it down on The MMA Hour:
"Me, personally, I will be pushing for 155. That’s just my big brother type of opinion. He looks like a tank to me, I just think that he was designed to be a lightweight. I really don’t see the point in it (going back to 145). With all due respect to the 45 guys, especially after that fight with Nate; what are they going to do? What’s anyone going to do to him? I just think anyone he faces at that weight class, it’s almost like he’s cheating with the amount of power he has. He can make the weight, and may do it just to spite me; but, with Lockhart on board, the 45 he made last December was the easiest he’s done. He’s just running through people at that weight class. I had a vision of him and Edgar in New York, but unfortunately those guys didn’t keep up their end of the bargain."
Conor did state that he was interested in a trilogy bout against Diaz at 155 pounds. To sweeten the pot, Kavanagh says should "Notorious" claim that division strap, as well, the team would push to give Diaz first dibs at famed Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland.
"I think it would be nice for him to be the champion, get the belt and defend the belt against Nate. I think that would be a pretty amazing fight. Maybe on Croke Park in Dublin. I will push for that. We went to their enemy territory, so let them come over to us this time."
Conor has proven time and again he calls his own shots (most of the time), and should he choose to vacate the 145-pound strap, it’s safe to assume UFC matchmakers would oblige and give him a shot at the lightweight strap, much like they did back at UFC 196 for his scheduled bout agaisnt then-champion Rafael dos Anjos.
As it stands, Eddie Alvarez reigns supreme at lightweight with no opponent lined up for his first title defense. And since he’s already expressed his interest in facing McGregor, all that’s left is for Conor to give the word.