The UFC’s new featherweight champion may not be the featherweight champion for long, if he has his sights set on winning the title at 155 pounds.
UFC President Dana White says Conor McGregor will get an immediate title shot against the lightweight champion should the new 145-pound titleholder decide to move up in weight for his next contest. McGregor would need to vacate his newly earned featherweight title, UFC Vice President of Public Relations said during the post-fight media conference.
If he decides to defend his featherweight title, McGregor would face No. 1 contender Frankie Edgar — shutting down a possible immediate rematch for former champion Jose Aldo, who lost his title to McGregor in a first-round, 13-second knockout Saturday night.
Edgar defeated Chad Mendes via first-round knockout Friday night in Las Vegas to become the undisputed No. 1 contender at 145 pounds. He would get “whatever he wants” following the victory, according to White. Even with five straight victories inside of the featherweight division, a promised title shot only goes so far in this sport.
Should McGregor move up, he’d face the winner of current champion Rafael dos Anjos and challenger Donald Cerrone, who meet next Saturday for the lightweight championship at UFC on FOX 17.
The scenario goes against the Irishman’s original plan of holding onto his featherweight title before moving up to 155 and being a simultaneous dual-division champion. What hasn’t been completely thrown out the window is a potential title fight in Dublin, Ireland’s Croke Park for either of McGregor’s next title fights.