UFC president, Dana White has revealed that he plans to meet with former two-weight promotional champion, Conor McGregor soon to discuss his fighting future with the organization. And admitted that a potential welterweight title offing against Kamaru Usman – which the Dubliner has lined up, is an “interesting” prospect.
Usman, who is the current undisputed welterweight champion, successfully landed his fifth title defense back in November at UFC 268, handing two-time opponent and former interim champion, Colby Covington a second loss as he continues to run roughshod through the division.
For Conor McGregor, the 33-year-old last featured at UFC 264 in July of last year, slumping to his second consecutive loss after a fractured tibia at the end of his first round rubber match with Dustin Poirier forced a doctor’s stoppage TKO defeat.
Conor McGregor boasts a 2-1 record at the welterweight limit during his UFC tenure
The Crumlin native had maintained prior to the official booking of Charles Oliveira vs. Justin Gaethje for UFC 274 in May that he would be fighting for the lightweight title in his return. However, he has since switched focus to procuring a self-titled, ‘triple crown’ win, in the form of a third UFC title reign, this time at the welterweight limit.
“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 said. “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.”
Responding to those claims from McGregor and the Dubliner’s call for a title challenge against Usman during a recent interview with The Mac Life, White remained coy on the former’s future, but noted that a fight with Auchi native, Usman was “interesting”.
“Yeah, it’s interesting, I hadn’t heard that,” Dana White said. “He’s coming into (Las) Vegas, we’re getting together and we’re gonna talk. We’ll see what’s next… Any Conor (McGregor) fight is good, money-wise.”
Whilst McGregor has distinct plans to draw Usman next, the Nigerian-born champion is all but pencilled in to face-off with the streaking #3 ranked, Leon Edwards in a title rematch of his own – potentially at UFC 276 on July 2.