Earlier this year McGregor was set to face Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight title and there were rumblings that, should McGregor win, he would then jump right to the front of the line to fight then 170 lb. champion Robbie Lawler. Now as his lightweight title shot at UFC 205 against Eddie Alvarez approaches, and McGregor continues to hint at a major announcement afterwards, there are renewed rumblings that perhaps McGregor will try and fight the winner of the UFC 205 co-main event, Tyron Woodley defending his welterweight strap against Stephen Thompson.
In a recent interview with BJPenn.com, Woodley spoke about the potential of a superfight between the two of them should both be victorious at UFC 205 and he suggested that McGregor is too smart to take a fight with him.
"Well first off I think Conor is a smart individual and he knows that fighting me is not going to be good for his health. I just do not really see him wanting that fight. I see him relinquishing his 145-pound belt and then maybe defending his title a few times at lightweight. Maybe he does a super-fight here or there. There has been talks of him fighting Floyd Mayweather in boxing. Whatever he is going to do is going to make a lot of sense for him."
So far in his career, McGregor has always chased the next big goal rather than consolidating his achievements. Despite holding multiple other titles, McGregor has never actually defended any of the championship belts he won, preferring to pursue loftier victories. After sleeping Jose Aldo in 13 seconds to claim the UFC featherweight championship, he hasn't even had a 145-pounf bout scheduled in the past year, instead fighting Nate Diaz at 170 pounds twice and now challenging Alvarez. This sort of business savvy approach to his career allows him to create "win-win" situations according to Woodley, but also means the likelihood of a welterweight title shot is much less likely.
"Like even if he loses to Eddie it is not all bad. With his two bouts with Diaz, he will have now fought three times in a row outside the division and he still holds the belt. So he is a smart business guy and so I do not think he is going to want to come up and fight a guy who is going to outsize him. Being 170 and fighting 170 is two different things. I walk around at 200. Giving up that 30-pounds.
"Plus he is not going to have a boxing advantage. He is definitely not going to have a wrestling advantage. He is definitely not going to have a strength advantage. And it would be a lopsided display of power. I just really do not think there is any advantage to him having that fight with me. I will not be discouraged by his antics or him talking crap. So to answer your question... I do not think Conor McGregor has any interest in coming for the welterweight strap."
But as has been the case for McGregor for his entire career, the allure of the next big challenge may prove more interesting than reigning over a lightweight division he currently seems disdainful of. And if that's the case, Woodley says he won't pass up the biggest paycheck of his UFC career, though he won't feel great about beating up a much smaller man.
"But if we both get through our fights with victories and he wants to fight me then by all means. Sign me up now. I would actually feel bad about beating Conor McGregor. Like man, I just beat a guy who is 145. Granted, I would make a truck load of money. But it is not a situation that I would walk around with my chest pumped out afterward."
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T-Wood seems to have it wrong (or maybe he's trying to goad Conor). Chasing a fight with Woodley is the exact type of challenge that would appeal to Conor greatly. If he wins, he's the greatest of all-time, and if he loses, well we've seen how Nate Diaz has suddenly been built into this mythical Antaean giant who's 10 feet tall and made out of railroad ties. Just imagine what Tyron Woodley would become.
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