McGregor Eyeing a Showdown with Pettis for Lightweight Belt

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It’s three months before MMA superstar Conor McGregor fights Jose Aldo for the featherweight title, but already he has his sights set on Anthony Pettis’ lightweight belt.

Conor McGregor doesn’t lack confidence. And why would he. After demolishing the highly respected Dennis Siver in UFC 183 McGregor ran into the crowd to taunt the incumbent champ, Aldo. No one has claimed to hear what words were spoken between the two, but you can be sure both men are taking the other seriously.

For McGregor, then, to already be looking past Aldo is either the height of confidence or utter madness.

“I think is would be a great fight,” said McGregor about fighting Pettis for his lightweight title. “Definitely 155 (pound division) is in my future. Anthony is phenomenal on the feet. He’s got good jiu-jitsu. I feel it would be a great fight. It’s a fight I have my eyes on.

“As I grow, 155 will be more comfortable to get to. It (cutting weight) will be less stress on the body.”

McGregr believes his training with UFC welterweights Cathal Pendred and Gunnar Nelson will help him if he decides to move up weight divisions.

“I have no problem going right up to welterweight to be honest. We’ll see. I am young. I am 26 years-old. We’ll see what opportunities present themselves.”

McGregor and Aldo have a showdown for the featherweight title at UFC 189 on the 11th of July.

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