Featherweight champion Conor McGregor was scheduled to face lightweight titleholder Rafael dos Anjos in the UFC 196 main event on Saturday, but an injury forced the 155-pound champion out of the super-fight.
A replacement was sought, and quickly the candidates dwindled down to one fighter, lightweight contender Nate Diaz.
After unifying the 145-pound belts by knocking out reigning champion Jose Aldo at UFC 194 in December, McGregor stated his plans to move up in weight and challenge for the lightweight and welterweight belts.
The Irishman recently proclaimed, “I’m here to win all the belts.”
McGregor requested to fight Diaz at 170 pounds, and believes he’d beat welterweight champion Robbie Lawler if they fought.
“I like Robbie. I won’t say a bad word about Robbie. He fights with his heart. He’s been around the game for so, so long, but if we fought I would beat Robbie,” said McGregor at the UFC 196 open workouts on Wednesday.
“I’m too fast. The size difference is not anything. I’ve stood beside him. I’ve seen him.”
If McGregor defeats Diaz on Saturday night, is it possible he’ll get a shot at the welterweight belt at UFC 200?