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Featherweight belt goes into storage as Conor McGregor focuses on 155 pound division

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If you’re a Conor McGregor fan then the prospect of him going up in weight to fight the winner of Rafael dos Anjos vs. Donald Cerrone, scheduled to go down tomorrow night (Sat., Dec. 19, 2015) in Orlando, should excite and delight you.

But if you’re a fan of the UFC featherweight division then the news will come as something of a disappointment, as the next title defense will likely be put on hold for more than half a year.

McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh said the “Notorious” featherweight champion is already focused on the “stuck in the mud division”:

What’s next for Conor? The lightweight belt. We’re going to take a little break from that cut down to 145lbs, even though this was one was the easiest so far. But in saying that, ‘easy’ is a relative term. It still requires a level of discipline that 99.9% of people wouldn’t have, never mind be able to compete as well the following day. So the next step will be winning the title in the 155lbs division. The current champion, Rafael dos Anjos, defends the belt against Donald Cerrone tomorrow night. Regardless of who comes out on top, we’ve been given the green light to fight the winner. We believe that’ll be in April but I’m looking forward to this weekend’s fight too. I’ll be watching eagerly to see who it is. I’m expecting a close fight but if I was to bet–€”which I won’t–I’d say Rafael dos Anjos will win it. If Frankie Edgar wants a shot at the featherweight title or Aldo wants a rematch, we’re fine with that too. But they’ll have to wait, because that lightweight belt is next on the agenda.

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