Former two-weight UFC champion, Conor McGregor has another major goal in mind ahead of his impending Octagon return, with aims to become the first three-weight champion in promotional history – currently eyeing an immediate welterweight title challenge against champion, Kamaru Usman in his return from injury.
McGregor, a former undisputed lightweight and featherweight kingpin, has been sidelined since July of last year where he dropped a first round doctor’s stoppage TKO loss to three-time opponent, Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 – after fracturing his left tibia.
The 33-year-old Dubliner had set plans to return from his catastrophic injury for the summer of this year – beckoning current lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira to swerve his now-official, UFC 274 headliner with Justin Gaethje on May 7.
With the door shut on a title outing against Oliviera in his immediate return to the Octagon, Crumlin native, Conor McGregor outlined intentions to score a third UFC title, in the form of the welterweight crown against Kamaru Usman – in a bid to become the first ‘triple crown’ victor in the history of the organization.
“I believe myself versus (Kamaru) Usman for the 170lb title for my comeback fight is the one I’m eyeballing at the minute,” Conor McGregor told The Mac Life reporter, Oscar Willis, this week. “I’ve gotten myself down to a lightweight frame, but I’m big now. I feel big. I feel strong. I feel healthy. I’ve got good energy.”
“Coming back after a gruesome injury, I do not want to deplete myself,” Conor McGregor explained. There’s no need to deplete myself. And I feel confident against Usman – a jab-happy, sloppy orthodox wrestler with no submissions whatsoever. What’s he gonna do? Where’s the danger here? I don’t see a danger with him.”
Conor McGregor outlined intentions to clinch the new iteration of the UFC title, which he has noted are fueled by his prior title success and landing the Irish tricolor on the championship belt, also come with aims to become the first ‘triple crown’ success story in the history of the promotion.
“The world will talk again (about) the triple crown,” Conor McGregor said. “No one’s ever obtained three knockouts in three weight divisions moving up like I have already. But no one’s obtained three UFC world titles across three divisions like I will do also if we make this fight.”
Whilst McGregor eyes a quickfire return against Usman, the Auchi champion is expected to find himself booked against the #3 ranked welterweight, Leon Edwards first – potentially at UFC 276 on July 2. in a championship rematch first.