It seems, no matter what the fight is that's in front of Conor McGregor, he's got another one cooking right behind it. He's called out Diego Sanchez and Chad Mendes, notably, but this next idea is probably a lot more contingent on him winning the fight in front of him and taking the featherweight title from Jose Aldo... at least in the short term. All along the press tour, McGregor has been throwing barbs at newly minted UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos.
In Los Angeles:
"We will take Aldo and we will take dos Anjos, without a problem," McGregor said during a media lunch. "The featherweights must beg now. They must beg for pardon, beg for forgiveness. If that's the case, if they apologize and beg, I'll leave the division. I won't terrorize them anymore. They can have their division back. They can go back to being on the prelims and I'll go to the lightweight division."
"There's another man who has spoke my name in vain," McGregor said. "And what happens is, when you speak my name in vain, no matter how many years down the line, I'm like an elephant -- I'll never forget. I'll come and get you."
And again in Dublin, where McGregor made clear his future lightweight plans:
I will keep busy. One thing about me, I keep fighting, I keep busy. I've had three back to back to back fights before he's even had one. So, I will be a busy champion. I will defend my belt many many times and I will attack that next division. There's another Brazilian up in the lightweight division. Maybe I'll whoop this Brazilian and whoop the other one on home soil.
It's an ambitious plan, but McGregor's never lacked for ambition. He'll vie for the UFC belt, for the first time, on July 11th in Las Vegas, Nevada at UFC 189. After that, who knows?
Transcripts taken from MMAFighting