Yesterday, top featherweight contender Frankie Edgar called out Conor McGregor on Instagram. The Toms River fighter knocked out Chad Mendes in the first round at The Ultimate Fighter 22 finale to secure another shot at the 145 lbs. title. Newly minted champion McGregor, however, is putting the match up on hold.
The Irishman's head coach, John Kavanagh, says his star student has his sights set on the winner of Rafael dos Anjos vs. Donald Cerrone at UFC on Fox 17 later tonight (per the42.ie).
"What's next for Conor? The lightweight belt. We're going to take a little break from that cut down to 145lbs, even though this was one was the easiest so far. But in saying that, ‘easy' is a relative term. It still requires a level of discipline that 99.9% of people wouldn't have, never mind be able to compete as well the following day. So the next step will be winning the title in the 155lbs division. The current champion, Rafael dos Anjos, defends the belt against Donald Cerrone tomorrow night. Regardless of who comes out on top, we've been given the green light to fight the winner."
McGregor is known to cut massive amounts of weight to compete at featherweight but insists it doesn't hinder his ability on fight night.
Kavanagh says "The Notorious" will fight either Cerrone or dos Anjos in April, and tells an impatient Frankie Edgar to wait his turn.
"We believe that'll be in April but I'm looking forward to this weekend's fight too. I'll be watching eagerly to see who it is. I'm expecting a close fight but if I was to bet--which I won't--I'd say Rafael dos Anjos will win it. If Frankie Edgar wants a shot at the featherweight title or Aldo wants a rematch, we're fine with that too. But they'll have to wait, because that lightweight belt is next on the agenda."
McGregor seized the featherweight championship when he knocked out Jose Aldo in thirteen seconds at UFC 194. It marked the first loss of the Brazilian's career in over a decade and the former champion was visibly upset in the post-fight interview and backstage.
If McGregor were to beat dos Anjos or Cerrone, he would be the first simultaneous two-division champion in UFC history and the first fighter to win two belts in back-to-back fights.