Conor McGregor is making big plans for the UFC’s welterweight division but Dana White has other ideas.
‘The Notorious’ beat veteran Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone at the 170lbs weight class on Saturday in spectacular style as he made his return to the octagon.
It was his third fight at welterweight following his two encounters with Nate Diaz in 2016.
The 31-year-old Dubliner now has eyes on staying at welterweight to fight Jorge Masvidal and the current division champion Kamaru Usman.
In his post-UFC 246 press conference, McGregor said: “I’m more than ready. I enjoy this division. I don’t think they’re happy. Alright, they are a bit bigger but I think Donald [Cerrone] is bigger than Jorge [Masvidal], he has a win over Donald.
“I don’t know what Dana [White] was saying. I’d like to see them on the scales tonight and see where they’re at.
“At the end of the day, we’ve got to weigh 170 and I feel good at 170. Usman is small enough – he’s what? 5ft8.
“I’m more than ready for that division. I’m here at this division. I hold a couple of nice wins in this division now. We will see what happens.”
Dana White does not want to see those fights happen, however, and has previously said that Masvidal is ‘too big’ for McGregor.
The UFC president sees a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov as the only logical way to go.
After UFC 246, Dana White said: “Everybody wants to fight Conor. Everybody has wanted to fight Conor for the last however many years.
“When you look at what makes sense, we are at a place right now where Conor is saying going into the Khabib [Nurmagomedov] fight he had lots of personal stuff. Some stuff self-inflicted. He had injuries and all this stuff going on.
“He has been obsessed with getting that rematch because he knows he wasn’t 100 per cent right.
“When you look at Khabib, he is 28-0 and undefeated. You start talking about this kid’s legacy. First of all, to go 28-0 in this sport, I don’t care who you’ve fought, it’s tough to do. This guy is the world champions.
“After tonight, with how Khabib won the first time and how famous he has become since that first fight, we are looking like Ali vs Foreman or Ali vs Fraser. It’s a massive fight with global appeal.
“It’s the fight that you make and the fight that makes sense. It’s for the 155lbs title.
“If Conor and Masvidal fight, neither one of them has a title, although Conor does want his BMF title but he doesn’t have a world championship.
“Khabib is the fight to make.
“It’s huge for Khabib’s legacy too. If he beats Conor McGregor, then beats Tony Ferguson, then beats McGregor again. This is how this kid retires and he’s 30-something and 0 and he’s beat all the best.”