There are only a handful of fighters who have won UFC bouts in more than two divisions and when it comes to featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight specifically, that list only includes Pettis, McGregor, and Kenny Florian. Pettis officially became a winner at 170 pounds when he knocked out two-time title challenger Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson in Saturday’s UFC Nashville main event.
Informed of this news on Twitter, McGregor responded by writing, “Welcome to the club.”
Welcome to the club and congratulations.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 24, 2019
Now who fucking wants it? https://t.co/XrNU4VDc3Z
He then added “Now who f*cking wants it?”, teasing that he is ready to book an opponent as he nears the end of a six-month suspension for his involvement in the UFC 229 post-main event melee last October.
McGregor earned his three-division winner status with a successful run at featherweight capped off by a 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo UFC 194, a pair of welterweight bouts against Nate Diaz that saw each man claim a victory, and a lightweight title fight win against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205.
For Pettis, his journey began at lightweight, where he won a UFC title and successfully defended it once. He also holds a featherweight win over Charles Oliveira and now a welterweight win over Thompson.
The two men are joined by the retired Florian, who picked up his first UFC win as a welterweight before dropping down to lightweight where he spent the bulk of his career. Inside the Octagon, Florian defeated names like Clay Guida, Sam Stout, Joe Lauzon, Roger Huerta, Joe Stevenson, and Takanori Gomi. His lone win at featherweight came against Diego Nunes and he also competed at middleweight in his UFC debut, but did not earn a victory in that division.