All the talk of Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather makes it easy to forget ‘The Notorious’ isn’t actually a boxer. Since joining the UFC four years ago, the Irishman has rocketed to the top of the rankings in two weight divisions.
First McGregor won the featherweight title by knocking out Jose Aldo, then it was over to lightweight. After a couple of scraps with Nate Diaz at welterweight, ‘The Notorious’ starched Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205.
Stoking fires of a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather seemed like a clever marketing ploy for both fighters. Although ‘Money’ is now retired with a 49-0 record, its hard to deny the cash that fight would generate.
Boxing talk aside, another potential opponent has resurfaced in the rumour mill today. Tyron Woodley made the following announcement on Instagram, and some high profile reporters have responded with an interesting opinion.
Here’s what the welterweight champion ‘The Chosen One’ said:
twooodley#TRAININGCAMP Starts #Today The next time I set foot in the #Octagon it will be 4 Title Fights in 12months. Starting with the Spirit, Mind, Soul and the Body will catch up. The fight outside the Cage has always proven to be tougher then the one inside. Time to win on both ends! @ufc#ufc #ChampCamp #AndStill#WhoGotMyBack !
MMA insider Jeremy Botter would later respond to the post by Woodley. The reporter formerly of Bleacher Report claims there’s a lot of talk about Conor McGregor as Woodley’s next opponent:
Taken For a Ride?
Assuming this rumour turns out to be true, could we have been taken for a grand ride regarding the McGregor vs. Mayweather fight? Stranger things have certainly happened, and the UFC is known for granting McGregor title fights at his command.
With guys like Demian Maia still waiting for a title fight, if ‘The Notorious’ jumps the rankings in a third division, expect some raised eyebrows. At this stage, UFC 213 has three confirmed fights, the main event is Cody Garbrandt vs. TJ Dillashaw.