Conor McGregor is eyeing a shot at the UFC welterweight title if he wins against Michael Chandler. The former two-division champion spoke to Ariel Helwani on a special edition of The MMA Hour and expressed his interest in facing the winner of the Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman 3 fight at UFC 286. “Yeah, I’d like a welterweight title shot,” said McGregor. “So I would like that.”
Although the UFC has not confirmed the weight class for McGregor vs. Chandler, McGregor sees himself as a welterweight and stated, “I’m 170.” The fight is scheduled as the season-ending fight following The Ultimate Fighter 31, and the location has not been finalized yet. McGregor mentioned the possible locations as Las Vegas, New York, AT&T Stadium in Dallas, or London.
McGregor has bulked up since breaking his leg at UFC 264, which led to suspicions of PED use. It was revealed that he was not in the UFC’s drug testing pool administered by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
McGregor has previously fought at welterweight three times, winning against Donald Cerrone and splitting a pair of bouts with Nate Diaz. However, he lost back-to-back lightweight fights against Dustin Poirier.
McGregor has targeted now-former welterweight champ Usman on several occasions, and the UFC President Dana White did not shoot down the idea when it was broached last year.
However, the TUF coaching spot and fight against Chandler, who’s historically competed at lightweight, raised questions of the promotion’s plans.
Conor will be in London for UFC 286
McGregor is due in London this week for business at a satellite location of The Black Forge Inn, the restaurant and bar he owns. He said he may be in attendance for UFC 286, which takes place at The O2 in London.
It remains to be seen what weight class McGregor will compete in going forward, but he has made it clear that he’s open to the welterweight division: “I’d like to see myself in there again and see what happens with that division,” said McGregor. “I’d like to get in and see what’s going on in there.”