Conor McGregor: 'Fighters can lobby for a chance at the lottery ticket' to face me

BY Damon Martin • September 8, 2015

Conor McGregor won't solidify his featherweight title until December when he battles Jose Aldo to unify the belts at UFC 194, but that's not stopping the Irish superstar from making some long-term plans about his reign atop the division.

McGregor has touted himself as the best fighter in the UFC since the day he arrived in the promotion, but winning the title in only his sixth fight with the promotion was certainly impressive.

From a physical standpoint, McGregor is a huge featherweight with knockout power in his hands and a diverse attack from anywhere in the Octagon. While his fight against Mendes might have shown that McGregor has some work to do on his wrestling, he still ultimately overcame a former NCAA All-American and won by knockout in the second round.

McGregor predicts the same for any of the other featherweights who oppose him, whether it's Aldo or the growing list of contenders just champing at the bit to get a shot at him.

"It's going to be completely dominant. It's going to be ruthless. It's going to continue to control the game," McGregor told FOX Sports about his reign of terror as champion.

There's no denying that beyond his skills inside the cage, McGregor is already one of the most marketable fighters on the roster with his over the top interviews and ability to hype a bout against virtually any opponent.

McGregor helped fuel his last Pay-Per-View card at UFC 189 to some of the best numbers for all of 2015, and that came after he produced huge ratings for his last fight on FS1 in January.

That's why McGregor is more concerned with ticket sales and Pay-Per-View buys right now than answering the litany of call-outs he's received since winning the belt.

McGregor would rather focus on business and let the rest of the division scramble, crawl and scratch their way into a fight with him and then they can cash in just like he does whenever he steps foot in the Octagon.

"The fighters can lobby amongst themselves for a chance at the lottery ticket, they come face me. I'll leave them to it," McGregor said.

"Whoever pushes it the most, whoever can climb their way up, then we'll discuss and we'll consider who's worthy."