Conor McGregor open to moving to 155 after winning title in a division 'full of rookies and has-beens'

Anton Tabuena
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Conor McGregor says he's open to competing at lightweight after he wins the title in a featherweight division full of 'rookies and has-beens'.

Following his impressive knockout win over Dustin Poirier that likely shoots him up the division's rankings, Conor McGregor had some choice words about the rest of the featherweights in the UFC's roster. He spoke about it during the UFC 178 post-fight press conference:

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The division seems to be full of rookies and has-beens. I’m just sitting here enjoying myself, collecting these checks on my way, eliminating each one.

As long as I show up and my check is what it says it’s going to be, then I show up and I will kill whoever they put in front of me. Of course I want that gold belt. Don’t tell me that gold belt sitting up here right now on this table would not look great along side this ivory elephant trunk suit that I have on me right now. It would look perfect. I know Dana wants to see it. I know Lorenzo wants to see it.

McGregor is going to Brazil to attend the featherweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes, and the Irish star says either man would be an easy win for him:

I believe I will dismantle both of them. Chad is a 5-foot-6, overblown 125er, but he’s gone past that limit now. Now he’s just a little small bodybuilder stuck in the 145-pound division, and he gets tired quick. He’s 5-foot-6 with a 65-inch reach. I have an eight-inch reach advantage on him. I tower over him. I would maul Chad.

Jose has got to a stage where he’s happy with his level. I feel he’s in that pattern of deterioration. Another easy win.

As for his plans for the future, we all know about his incredible belief that he will win the title at featherweight, but he also says he's open to moving up shortly after that, as he cuts a lot of weight to make 145 lbs:

I don't like making this weight. I like fighting at lightweight. I've fought many times, and I'm fast at lightweight. I come in refreshed at lightweight. It's a different camp. It's a different build up than fighting at featherweight. I'm definitely open to fighting at lightweight. I don't feel oversized by lightweights, so definitely.

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