RIO DE JANEIRO -- Everybody wants a shot at Conor McGregor.
Yan Cabral, who made his successful 155-pound debut with a second-round submission win over Naoyuki Kotani at Saturday night’s UFC 179 card in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is interested in fighting Irish star Conor McGregor.
"I just got to the lightweight division, so my goal is to train, evolve and fight the best. I’ll eventually get to the top," Cabral told the media after the win. "There’s a guy that I want to fight, a guy that has been talking a lot, talking about Jose Aldo as well: McGregor. He fights at 145, but talked about moving up to 155 for a fight, and I also thought about fighting at 145. I want to beat him up one day."
Slated to meet Dennis Siver in January, McGregor could be a win away from a title fight against Aldo, but Cabral believes he wouldn’t get past other Nova Uniao fighters.
"We have at least 10 featherweights at Nova Uniao that could beat him up," Cabral said. "Until he gets to Aldo, there are more guys he has to beat. Hacran Dias would kill him."
Back to the win column after suffering the first loss of his professional career, Cabral (12-1) wants to get back in action as soon as possible.
"It the UFC offers me a fight next month, or at the Barueri card (on Dec. 20), I’ll take it," he said. "I have no injuries and I’m ready to fight again."