Conor McGregor is focused on staying at lightweight and going on a title run.
The Irishman is set to face Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 and if McGregor wins, he likely would be in line for a title shot. According to McGregor, he says he is ready for a stint at lightweight, which he hasn’t been able to do yet in his career.
“There are dangling carrots … treasure chests that get presented to me,” McGregor said to The Mac Life . “We’ve got world titles in boxing now, there’s talks of … I hear Dana talking (about) Nate Diaz coming back down to lightweight. I love that. I’d love to compete against Diaz. We will compete again. If that happens at lightweight for a title, that would be something special, also. So there’s many great options that are in the works and let’s see what happens. I am ready.”
Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz fought at UFC 196 and 202 with Diaz winning by submission in the first fight and the Irishman winning a decision in the second. Ever since the rematch, many have called for the trilogy but it has yet to happen.
For McGregor, he says the goal would be to have the trilogy for the lightweight title. But, if there are no belts on the line, the Irishman would like to have the trilogy at welterweight, where the first two fights took place.
“If it’s going to be 155 we could possibly do that for the belt. If not, I’d probably just fight Nate at 170 pounds again. The reason being we fought at 170 twice,” McGregor said. “Why mix it up for the trilogy? But, if there’s belts and titles and loftier things on the line, I’m certain a 155-pound challenge with Nate would be something. So, many great fights and many great options, and I’m pretty excited about every single one of them.”
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