Conor McGregor’s announcement that he is seriously considering a run at welterweight. In the UFC, this has generated a lot of buzz among MMA fans and the wider sporting community. Despite only having two wins at the weight. McGregor believes a victory against Michael Chandler at 170 pounds could put him in the mix for a championship. Having previously held belts in both the featherweight and lightweight divisions. Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman welcome McGregor.
However, McGregor’s aspirations may not align with the UFC’s plans. As the promotion may want him to continue fighting in the lightweight division. Where he has established himself as one of the biggest draws in the sport’s history.
McGregor’s potential move up to welterweight has also caught the attention of reigning champion Leon Edwards and former champ Kamaru Usman. Both of whom have welcomed the challenge of facing the Irish superstar in the octagon. Edwards, who is currently preparing for his first title defence against Usman in a rematch at UFC 286. He expressed confidence in his abilities and willingness to fight any challenger who comes his way.
Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman On the New Challenge
He stated, “As the king, I welcome all challengers, so whoever comes can get it.” Usman, who has previously entertained the possibility of fighting McGregor. He echoed Edwards’ sentiments and said he would welcome the matchup if it happens. However, both fighters are currently focused on their upcoming fight and not losing sight of their immediate goals. McGregor’s interest in competing at welterweight has also raised questions about his future in the sport. Some wonder if he has his sights set on a third UFC title or is simply looking for new challenges.
Regardless of his motivations. McGregor’s star power and ability to draw attention to any fight he is involved in makes him a coveted opponent for any fighter in the UFC. As the situation continues to develop. MMA fans around the world eagerly await what the future holds for McGregor and the welterweight division.