Frankie Edgar and the rest of the featherweight contenders may want a crack at Conor McGregor as soon as UFC 194 comes to an end but they may have to wait their turn because McGregor has some other opponents in mind. Speaking during the UFC 194 media conference on Wednesday, the Dubliner stated in no uncertain terms that he's looking to the lightweight division if/when he overcomes Jose Aldo.
Lightweight champ Rafael Dos Anjos is putting his belt on the line once again against Donald Cerrone on December 19th and McGregor has the winner of that fight in his sights.
I will KO Jose Aldo and I will face the winner of the lightweight belt, which takes place a week after. Then I will fight for that, so within the next two fights I will be a two-weight world champion.
McGregor did concede that if Aldo 'gives me a war and he can earn a rematch' then a rematch with the Brazilian could be on the cards but ultimately he's looking to do what he did in Cage Warriors and hold both the featherweight and the lightweight belts.
I’m looking to emulate what I achieved in my previous promotion and collect two belts, two different weight divisions, hold them consecutively, defend them consecutively and carry on.
The weight cut to 145lb has always been something of an issue for McGregor. 155lb has often been cited as his most natural weight class so a move to lightweight would certainly make sense, whether he can hold on to the featherweight belt at the same time is another matter entirely.
Here's the media conference call in full.