Despite recent tweets that he would fight Diego Sanchez at 155 pounds at UFC 180 in Mexico, Conor McGregor may instead get what he initially asked for after doing away with Dustin Poirier at UFC 178… a title shot.
At least, it certainly sounds like that is the direction UFC president Dana White is leaning.
McGregor on Thursday tweeted, “I am fighting @DiegoSanchezUFC in Mexico, November 15th. He spoke a big game. Now he will pay with his career. VIVA LA EIRE!!!” and then continued with, “Looks like its fajita’s with the Fertitta’s in Mexico!!!”
I am fighting @DiegoSanchezUFC in Mexico, November 15th. He spoke a big game. Now he will pay with his career. VIVA LA EIRE!!!
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 2, 2014
White begs to differ.
In his weekly download on UFC.com, White said that he and company CEO Lorenzo Fertitta had dinner with McGregor Wednesday night and told him that the fight with Sanchez was not happening.
“So Lorenzo (Fertitta) and I went to dinner with him last night, and he said he wants to fight Diego Sanchez in Mexico at 155. I said, ‘You’re nuts. No way, we’ll get you a fight. You’ll be fighting soon enough,’” said White.
“We basically told him no and he went out and put that on Twitter anyway.”
It sounds like White & Co. may be waiting for featherweight champion Jose Aldo’s next defense to determine McGregor’s next fight, although that was hinted at, not declared.
McGregor, especially if Aldo wins, could get the next crack at the belt.
“Here’s the thing: If you go down the list, every one of those guys has fought Jose Aldo already,” White said when referencing the top ranked featherweight fighters. Aldo has defeated every one of the top six contenders, save for McGregor.
“Conor hasn’t. So who do you line up next for the champ other than Conor? Everybody else has fought him.”
He didn’t say as much about Mendes if he unseats Aldo, but that wouldn’t be a stretch either, as White and Fertitta have been very public about how successful McGregor has been, both in the Octagon and as a marketing machine.
Love him or hate him, McGregor would be a ratings bonanza as champion.
The only question now is if the UFC can talk him into waiting three weeks before setting his next fight.