Connect with us

Conor McGregor

State of the Featherweight Division

Vinny Craig




Conor McGregor

If you didn’t watch UFC 194 or haven’t heard, what are you doing? 13 seconds into the headlining Featherweight title fight, Conor McGregor was upright and Jose Aldo was on the ground unconscious. To the contrary of what the UFC says, McGregor would like to hold the Featherweight and Lightweight belt simultaneously. The victory for him sets up some really exciting matchups for the duration of McGregor being in the division.

Next In Line

Frankie Edgar

It was expected that after this weekend, the Featherweight division would be in clear scope for everyone to see. Frankie Edgar made it easy with his first round KO of fellow top contender Chad Mendes on Friday night. It was said that night that Frankie was up next for the belt, despite the outcome of Saturday night. We all know how the title shots come and go in the UFC, and only time and announcements will tell.

Jose Aldo

I may be going out on a whim here, but the UFC REALLY likes money. The expected biggest event in MMA history in the form of UFC 200 is right around the corner. You would expect the companies two biggest stars on top and what a card it would be with two title rematches that made the company millions. That is where Jose Aldo may get his title rematch right away after being the most dominant champion in Featherweight history. I will make a bold statement in saying that McGregor- Aldo rematch will be on UFC 200.

The Present

Chad Mendes

Despite losing this weekend and being on a losing streak for the first time in his career, Mendes is still a threat to the division on any given night. He has 8 high profile wins in the division and continues to only get bigger fights. Outside of the Aldo, McGregor, Edgar group, Mendes will beat anybody on any night and will always be competitive for everyone.

Max Holloway

While it took Conor McGregor five straight wins to get a title shot, Max Holloway is on eight and doesn’t look to be getting a shot any time soon. With the cluster at the top of the division, Holloway has been almost forgotten in the big picture. He has eight straight wins with only two decisions in that span. It’s unfortunate his last loss came to the current champ in 2013, but may also be a ‘blessing’ in disguise.

The Future

Hacran Dias

Currently ranked 12th in the division with just 5 UFC fights, the only way to go is up for Dias. A teammate of Aldo’s, Dias has a good camp behind him to get ready. Two or three big fights and Dias is right in the thick of things in the division, especially with his teammate not being the champ.

Ricardo Lamas

A former title challenger already, Lamas is still ranked inside the top 5. While he is 33, the time isn’t right now for another title run for him. He’ll need to rebuild a resume complete with a top 5 wins and most likely a title eliminator fight as well. It won’t be easy, but we could see Ricardo Lamas in another title fight in his career.

Charles Oliveira

It seems as though Charles Oliveira has been in the UFC and close to being top tier forever. The reality is he is still only 26 years old and is only getting better. It can be argued he is on a five fight win streak as a freak injury stopped his last fight against Max Holloway. The grappling wiz is a threat to anyone if he can get the fight to the ground and use his skills. Won’t take much for an exciting fighter like Oliveira to be pushed to the next level for big fights in big spots.

Long Shot

Cub Swanson

It wasn’t long ago we were talking about Cub Swanson in a title fight after six straight wins. Then he ran into guys like Frankie Edgar and Max Holloway where he was dominated for 8 straight rounds between the two while getting finished in both fights. He has recently made comments about maybe not wanting to fight again to our very own Jim Edwards. Have we seen the last of Cub Swanson?

Onnit Primal Bells
Continue Reading
Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Conor McGregor

Who will Conor McGregor fight next in the UFC?



Conor McGregor has announced via Instagram that he intends to return to fighting and he even revealed that he had offered to replace the injured Max Holloway in the main event of UFC 222.

He did say however that the UFC rejected the opportunity to have him headline against Frankie Edgar as he was told “there wasn’t enough time to generate the money that the UFC would need”.

With his return seemingly imminent and an already proposed fight with Frankie Edgar falling through here’s a look at the men who could be standing across the cage from the “Notorious One” upon his return to the octagon.

Frankie Edgar

Let’s start with the man McGregor claims he was ready to fight next month, Frankie Edgar.

It’s a fight that has been rumoured and talked about for years now, but has always failed to become a reality and right now I believe each mans future lies elsewhere.

Although I believe Edgar would choose a fight with McGregor over a title fight with Holloway, his next bout should finally be for the real featherweight title, providing he beats Ortega at UFC 222. McGregor on the other hand, is unlikely to want the Edgar fight now given the much more lucrative options at his disposal.

If you’re a fan still clinging to hope that you will one day see this match up, I hate to break it to you but the only place you’ll be seeing this match up anytime soon is on UFC 3.

Likelihood: 2/10

The winner of Ferguson vs Khabib

If UFC 223 goes as planned then we will see a new UFC Lightweight champion. It means Conor McGregor will be without a belt for the first time since December 2015 and it would be no surprise to see him want his belt back instantly.

As a competitor the winner of this fight represents the best the division has to offer. As a businessman the winner of this fight represents the best the division has to offer.

It is the fight that makes sense, but as we know, sense doesn’t always prevail in the UFC. But, the winner of this bout being the next to face McGregor, is a real possibility.

Likelihood: 9/10

Max Holloway

Conor McGregor is no longer the man at featherweight, Max Holloway is.

Does that hurt McGregor’s ego? Maybe. There has been a lot more activity on McGregor’s social media channels about his fight with Holloway. Most notably the “I miss those sunglasses” post. Which certainly has a hint of jealousy to it. Perhaps McGrgeor wants to remind fans of what he can do at featherweight?

Although I think McGregor’s days at featherweight are pretty much over, I don’t think it’s beyond the realms of possibility that we see this fight at lightweight. But I don’t believe this fight is next for either man.

Likelihood: 4/10

Nate Diaz

Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor have both announced their comebacks in quick succession of each other. Could it mean they’re coming back for a fight this summer? Who knows.

But one things for sure, the trilogy fight will happen. It has the potential to be even bigger than the first two fights and will surely bring in a boat load of cash. Enough to motivate the two rivals to meet in the octagon again.

The fight seems inevitable and it has every chance of being the next fight for McGregor.

Likelihood: 9/10

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Floyd Mayweather UFC

Mayweather Jr. in the octagon has been teased since before his boxing match with Conor McGregor and the ongoing speculation seems never ending.

But it’s wishful thinking to believe that Mayweather Jr. will repay the favour to McGrgeor by competing in his sport.

This sport has taught us to never say never and many of us would have never envisioned McGregor competing in boxing, but here we are. But this is just a whole new level of unlikely.

Likelihood: 0/10



Onnit Primal Bells
Continue Reading

Conor McGregor

Dana White gives an update on the lightweight title picture



When it comes to the lightweight division there is always a lot of talk with very little clarification. But now it seems Dana White has had enough of waiting for champion Conor McGregor and plans to move on in his absence.

“The Notorious” Conor McGregor won the UFC lightweight title back in November 2016 at UFC 205 where he became the first fighter to hold two belts simultaneously, however, he has not competed in MMA since.

Speaking on Sunday night’s after UFC Fight Night St. Louis UFC President Dana White said “Conor has said he is thinking about coming back in September if he comes back in September that’s almost two years, that can’t happen. It’s not fair to everybody else. Love Conor, respect Conor, love everything he’s done for this company, everybody knows that I say it all the time. The belt would have to move on.”

White also spoke about the two men that would fight for the lightweight belt saying “You do Khabib versus Tony, we’re working on that fight now and if and when Conor comes back he would get the first crack at the title.”

Then when presenter Karyn Bryant pushed for clarification and asked: “So you’re saying that Conor could possibly be stripped of his title?” Dana responded without hesitation “absolutely”.

The news will excite UFC fans across the globe who have been clamoring for the Ferguson vs Khabib matchup which they have been denied on three separate occasions. No date was confirmed for the potential matchup but rumors have been circulating that the UFC is targeting UFC 223 in April.

Onnit Primal Bells
Continue Reading

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor reacts to Khabib Nurmagomedov’s win at UFC 219



On Saturday night the world watched as Khabib Nurmagomedov dismantled the striking expert Edson Barboza at UFC 219. The reactions were filled with praise for the undefeated Russian fighter. Media members and fans alike were calling Nurmagomedov one of the best lightweights in the world, but there is one man the world was waiting to hear from, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor. McGregor was silent following the fight between Nurmagomedov and Barboza, that is until Monday morning when he took to Twitter to state his opinion about the Number one contender.

“Truly truly truly get on your fucking knees and beg me,” McGregor wrote on Twitter.  “Otherwise, I don’t give a bollox.  My whiskey is out this year and that’s Diddy bread.” The whiskey that McGregor is referring to is his very own grand that he announced would be coming out following his loss to Floyd Mayweather this past August.

Rumors about McGregor’s return have ranged from him retiring from fighting to live a life of wealth with his family, to expect his return to the UFC this summer. No one really knows if McGregor will ever defend his UFC lightweight belt, but if he is to do so UFC President Dana White has said that it will be against interim champion Tony Ferguson.

Ferguson was also seeking a fight with Nurmagomedov prior to winning the interim belt against Kevin Lee. It is entirely possible that we will see these two battle for the interim title in the octagon before we see the return of Conor McGregor. Of course, these days there are no guarantees in regards to title contention, McGregor and his camp have publically stated that they would like to face Nurmagomedov in his home country of Russia. 


Onnit Primal Bells
Continue Reading