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Dana White: If Conor McGregor goes up, Frankie Edgar would 'probably' face Jose Aldo for featherweight title

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If Conor McGregor leaves the featherweight division, the UFC seems to have a contingency plan.

UFC president Dana White said Saturday night on ESPN that the UFC could do Frankie Edgar vs. Jose Aldo for the featherweight title if McGregor moves up to fight for the lightweight belt.

"I don't think he wants to make [145] anymore," White said. "I think he's looking to move up to 155 pounds. Obviously, if that happened you'd probably do Edgar vs. Jose Aldo for the title.

"If Conor decides to stick around and fight Edgar, then Jose would fight somebody else."

McGregor knocked Aldo out in stunning fashion in just 13 seconds at UFC 194 on Saturday in Las Vegas. He has a few options on what to do next. He said he'll either defend the featherweight title against Edgar, give Aldo a rematch or move up to face the winner of the lightweight title fight between champion Rafael dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone next week.

White said he would let McGregor move up and fight immediately for the 155-pound belt, which is nearly unprecedented in UFC history.

"I think that was always his plan," White said. "He wanted to fight Jose Aldo and then move to 55 and then fight for that title."

McGregor said in the post-fight press conference that he is thinking about moving up, but he does not want to vacate his featherweight title. It is his goal to win both titles and hold them at the same time. It's unclear how the UFC will feel about that wish.

Most of the future is predicated on the fight between dos Anjos and Cerrone in the UFC on FOX 17 main event on Saturday in Orlando. A fight between McGregor and Cerrone, a fan favorite, would be extremely marketable.

"We'll see who wins that fight and we'll go from there," White said.