Conor McGregor emerged from seclusion on Wednesday afternoon in Las Vegas, doing a blitz of media leading up to an open workout session in front of the fans. It was classic McGregor Mania with Conor and Khabib fans chanting and drinking and screaming obscenities at each other, but on stage McGregor was relaxed and chill.
As he told his head coach John Kavanagh following the UFC 229 press conference in New York, “The illusion of insanity is over.” Instead of roasting his opponent Nurmagomedov, McGregor instead discussed potential future fights ... perhaps in new weight divisions. Against names like Anderson Silva.
”It’d be a good one,” he said in an interview with Karyn Bryant for UFC Tonight. “He’s what, 6’1? I’d like him to cut down, I think that’d be a good fight for the fans, I’d be semi-interested in that. I know he started saying it, and I was like hmm, that sounds interesting. I was ringside when Nick Diaz fought him, it’d be a good fight.”
McGregor didn’t have much respect for the rest of UFC’s roster.
“The game is full of bums,” he declared. “S**t hasn’t changed, really, so it’s good to be back. I’ve got some eyeballs, I’ve got that trilogy with Diaz. I will give that man a rematch. He gave me a rematch, so I’ll give him a rematch. 155 [pounds], I’d imagine, but we’ll see because maybe we could spearhead a 165-pound division. I do believe we should go 145, 155, 165, 175, 185, even 195. Why not? There’s more belts.”
McGregor has been pushing for a 165 pound division since the spring when he offered to step up last minute to fight Frankie Edgar at UFC 222. He pitched the idea to the public for the first time earlier this week in an interview with The Mac Life, and now he’s once again stumping to have weight classes every 10 pounds, rather than the current 15 pound jumps that occur above featherweight.
“They’re stripping people left and right,” McGregor said. “They stripped me and I only walked out the damn cage. They didn’t even offer me a fight and I was getting stripped. And then Cormier was injured or something happened to him and I got stripped of my second belt because of that reason just so they can juice up cards with belts.”
”Well hey, stick in more weight divisions, more champions. Why not? If that’s what you’re doing anyway because you just want the belt - look what happened at UFC 230, Schevchenko and the other girl. I think the Diaz-Poirier fight should be main event, personally. It’s great for the women, get them up there, but I mean, if it’s the belt that they’re doing this for then why not add more divisions, more belts, more champions, more pay-per-views with belts on the line.”
”It’s gonna help the athletes, I believe, with weight-cutting and things like that,” McGregor concluded. “So I beleive maybe me and Diaz can do the trilogy under 165. Or who knows, I don’t know. We’ve done 170 twice, anyway. As of now it’s a 155er.