Former UFC middleweight and light heavyweight title challenger Chael Sonnen thinks there is more to Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor going down at the welterweight limit of 170 pounds.
It's not a coincidence, and Chael Sonne thinks Robbie Lawler is next for CM
According to Sonnen, the UFC 196 main event (McGregor/Diaz) is at 170 so that the UFC can later promote a welterweight title fight between McGregor and Robbie Lawler later this year at UFC 200.
Check out what he had to say on Twitter:
It seems worth noting that MMA analyst and Bleacher Report reporter Jeremy Botter predicted the same match-up.
“Lawler vs McGregor is that fight, and it is the fight I believe we’ll see. McGregor has to beat Diaz first, though, and that is no easy task. If he’s able to do so, a welterweight title challenge is the way to go,” Botter wrote.
He also echoed reports that McGregor has no interest in returning to featherweight, and may just continue to climb the weight classes, regardless of a win or loss vs. Diaz.
“Prior to McGregor’s title fight against Jose Aldo at UFC 194, the word from his camp was that the bout would be the Irishman’s final time fighting at featherweight... I have a feeling McGregor never fights at featherweight again. Even if he loses an eventual title challenge to dos Anjos, I don’t think he’ll ever defend the featherweight title."
What do you think?
Is Conor just gearing up to fight Lawler for the welterweight title?