Conor McGregor: I will KO Jose Aldo and then fight for the lightweight title
Prior to Conor McGregor arriving in the UFC, he was fighting close to home in a regional promotion called Cage Warriors, in which he won the lightweight and featherweight titles in back-to-back fights.
McGregor might aim to do the exact same thing if everything goes well in his matchup against Jose Aldo on Dec. 12 at UFC 194.
According to the interim featherweight champion, he’s planning on taking out Aldo and then paying close attention to the lightweight title fight happening one week later, when Rafael dos Anjos faces Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at FOX UFC Fight Night in Orlando.
"I will KO Jose Aldo and I will face the winner of the lightweight belt, which takes place a week after and I will fight for that. Within the next few fights I will be a two-weight world champion," McGregor told FOX Sports on Wednesday.
UFC president Dana White has promised McGregor that if he beats Aldo, he will defend the featherweight title for the first time at Croke Park in his home country of Ireland in front of 90,000-plus fans.
Considering Aldo is the incumbent, seven-time defending champion, a loss to McGregor probably would result in an automatic rematch with the second fight getting even bigger numbers and helping to sell out a stadium of that size.
I will KO Jose Aldo and I will face the winner of the lightweight belt.
— Conor McGregor
"We’ll have to see how the contest plays out. If he can give me a war and he can earn a rematch, then we can do a rematch. I just don’t see him answering the bell for the second round. I can’t see his face on his body at the beginning of the second round. I see him KO’d inside one," McGregor said.
"When you KO a man inside one, there’s no need for a rematch. So if he can come and he can bring a war and we can trade for five rounds or whatever, well then maybe I’ll consider a rematch. But I feel he won’t get up off the stool and answer that bell for the second round."
Another possibility for McGregor staying at featherweight is facing the winner of the main event from the day before his title fight — former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar takes on Chad Mendes at "The Ultimate Fighter 22" finale.
McGregor isn’t too concerned about who wins, but he’s open to the possibility of fighting one them, although his mind seems made up to focus on either dos Anjos or Cerrone after Saturday night is over.
"We’ll see how it plays out. If that can be an exciting fight, maybe that can be the one, but I’d like to sit and wait and watch that lightweight title fight the following week," McGregor said. "I’m hoping that’s a nice war that gets the fans excited and we can go and collect that second belt. We’ll see how it plays out."
The end goal for McGregor always comes back to becoming a two-weight class champion.
Randy Couture and B.J. Penn are still the only fighters in UFC history to hold titles at two weight classes, but neither did it simultaneously. McGregor hopes to become the first, and it starts by beating Aldo.
"I’m looking to emulate what I achieved in my previous promotion and collect two belts," McGregor said. "Two different weight divisions. Hold them consecutively. Defend them consecutively and carry on."