Conor McGregor has repeatedly shown interest in the BMF title and the welterweight gold. At UFC 246, Conor McGregor knocked out Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds in his return bout at the welterweight division. He proved his critics wrong, as he showed his power and strength at 170. McGregor also called out every fighter in the division in the post-match interview. He pointed at both UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal.
However, Dana White has other plans following Conor’s victory at UFC 246. While Conor has shown interest in fighting at 170, White has different views. White has said it in the past that he thinks fighters at 170, are way bigger for Conor. In the post-fight press conference, White opened up on Conor McGregor’s future at the welterweight division.
Dana White on Conor McGregor: "He won’t hear another peep from me about fighting at 170." #UFC246
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) January 19, 2020
Well, the impressive performance by Conor against Cerrone at 170 was enough to change Dana White’s opinion on Conor moving up to the welterweight division and fight the likes of Jorge Masvidal and Kamaru Usman.
Why is Dana White keeping Conor McGregor away from 170?
Dana White’s decision to keep McGregor in the welterweight could have a lot to do with McGregor’s future in the lightweight division. He has already expressed an interest in a potential rematch between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov. We saw a dominant performance from Khabib against Conor in the first encounter. However, can a focused Conor beat arguably the greatest lightweights of all time?
Everything will fall in order once we witness Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson finally come face to face inside the octagon. In an event, where the fight doesn’t take place, Conor has also shown interest in replacing either of the two opponents at UFC 249.
That’s an incredible line up of fights for UFC, going forward in 2020. After a brilliant 2019, UFC is looking at another great year with the return of Conor McGregor.
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