Conor McGregor may just be the biggest commodity to the UFC and any one of its fighters currently competing at either 145 or 155 pounds.
Without having even stepped in the Octagon in Orlando’s Amway Center Saturday, the newly crowned featherweight champion was called out by three different fighters. Charles Oliveira submits Myles Jury, Nate Diaz dominates Michael Johnson and Rafael dos Anjos crushes Donald Cerrone — and like clockwork, each of them took to the microphone to express their desire for a matchup with “The Notorious” one.
Only they aren’t the only ones currently looking for a shot at McGregor. No. 2-ranked featherweight contender Frankie Edgar was promised a shot at the featherweight title when he defeated three-time title challenger Chad Mendes last week, only to slowly watch it disappear as McGregor set his sights on challenging for the lightweight title whilst retaining the 145-pound strap.
Not one to be humble at a time like this, McGregor knows exactly what he wants his potential foes to do.
Line them up on their knees with their hands out. I want them to beg me. pic.twitter.com/YCYf0QslNR
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) December 20, 2015
If his coach’s social media presence provides any indication, McGregor will next find himself standing across the cage from dos Anjos, as he looks to replicate the dual-division championship reign he had in the last promotion he fought under. The UFC initially maintained McGregor would need to vacate the title at 145 pounds before moving up.
McGregor last competed at UFC 194 — exactly a week before dos Anjos defended his title against Cerrone at UFC on FOX 17. The Irishman defeated former pound-for-pound king Jose Aldo in 13 seconds to become the unified featherweight champion.