UFC: Cody Garbrandt wants Jose Aldo in April before flyweight title shot

One of the best highlight reel knockouts of 2020 came back at UFC 250. That night, Cody Garbrandt (12-3) unleashed a vicious right hook in the final seconds of the first round to completely flatten Raphael Assuncao.

The former UFC bantamweight champion picked up his first win since December of 2016 with that knockout. Prior to that victory, he had been knocked out in three straight fights.

After Garbrandt won, he was moved up to third in the bantamweight rankings. However, he wanted to drop down to 125 pounds and fight at flyweight. He had his eyes set on the newly crowned flyweight champion, Deiveson Figueiredo (20-1-1).

The UFC booked their title fight for November. However, due to injuries and a battle with COVID, Garbrandt had to pull out of the fight. Garbrandt has been healing on the sidelines while awaiting his flyweight title opportunity.

The former bantamweight champion was all set to take on the winner of the UFC 256 headliner between Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno (18-5-2). However, the two men fought to a draw and the UFC is going to give Moreno an immediate rematch.

Garbrandt is ready for another fight, however, if he wants to wait for a flyweight title shot, he won’t fight until late in the summer. Instead, Garbrandt has his eyes on a big fight at bantamweight while he waits.

Will the UFC book Garbrandt – Aldo?

Cody Garbrandt told ESPN this week that the fight that he wants is Jose Aldo (29-7). He pointed out the fact that at this stage he only wants to fight big names if he’s not getting a title shot. His desire to remain active is why he’s wanting to fight again at bantamweight.

Aldo is coming off of a win in December over Chito Vera. The win snapped a three-fight losing streak for Aldo. Aldo has looked rejuvenated since dropping down to bantamweight in late 2019.

Currently, both men are ranked in the top six of the division. Aldo has been calling out TJ Dillashaw (16-4), however, there’s no traction on that fight at the moment. Garbrandt also told ESPN that he wants to fight a “clean” TJ Dillashaw.

No Love made it very clear that he still intends on dropping to 125 pounds when he’s presented with the title shot. The desire to fight Aldo just stems from remaining active and getting to fight a big name. Personally, I love the matchup if the UFC can get it done.

New York Yankees Prospects: Pitcher Clarke Schmidt is saying all the right things (video)

New York Yankees, Clarke Schmidt

If the New York Yankees can re-sign batting champ DJ LeMahieu, their next priority is to improve both the starting rotation and the bullpen. Many believe that the Yankee’s pitching has failed them for the last two years and prevented them from a World Series berth. After the season, the Yankees let Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxton, and J.A. Happ all walk, leaving a rotation filled with question and untested arms.

The Yankees will get some relief as Domingo German is expected to be back with the team. Before being suspended, he was the Yankee’s best pitching in 2019, going 18-4. In the Dominican Republic, German in winter ball started with a bang going four scoreless innings in his first game. But after that, he got pretty beat up. In five starts with the Toros and 16.1 frames, he has allowed 17 hits and 13 runs, with nine bases on balls and 18 strikeouts. He may have just been kicking off the dust, but it concerns that we will likely be the number two pitcher if the Yankees don’t pick up a quality arm before spring training.

The Yankees have to look forward to the return of their best pitcher in 2018, Luis Severino, but that won’t happen until June at the earliest. But there is the same problem with Severino as there is with German, “Sevy” hasn’t pitched in two years and the Yankees have no idea if he can return to form and help the team in 2021. The Yankees also have Jordan Montgomery, who pitched 44 innings after coming back from Tommy John surgery. “Monty” was inconsistent with an ERA of 5.15.

The leaves all the young arms that the Yankees have an abundance of. Deivi Garcia made his Major League debut late last season, Clarke Schmidt, Michael King, Abreu, Gil, and a few others.  However, all of those arms are, for the most part, untested in a full season of games. Plus, Garcia didn’t pitch particularly well in winter ball. One of the New York Yankee’s best prospects is speaking out and is excited to contribute in 2021 for a World Series win.

There is no question that Schmidt will contribute in the starting rotation or out of the bullpen at some point in the season.

NASCAR: 23XI Racing debuts first paint scheme for Daytona 500

NASCAR’s newest team debuted their new look on Thursday, one that channels the aesthetics of Michael Jordan’s glory days on the hardwood.

Cue up The Alan Parsons Project’s “Sirius”, because No. 23 is ready to emerge in the starting lineup.

23XI Motorsports unveiled its first full paint scheme on Thursday morning, as the new team funded by NBA legend Michael Jordan and current NASCAR star Denny Hamlin nears its debut at the 2021 Daytona 500. Bubba Wallace will pilot the Toyota in its maiden voyage and beyond with sponsorship from DoorDash, a San Francisco-based food delivery service.

The car itself channels the red jerseys Jordan wore during the height of his NBA powers with the Chicago Bulls, complete with a black No. 23. Wallace and Hamlin each offered their praise on their social media accounts, the latter describing it as “Clean, not messy. Just like schemes used to be”.

The scheme will likely be seen at several points this season, but the team confirmed that it will first be seen at the season-opener at Daytona. Unlike some other new teams, the No. 23 is locked into the main events through purchasing a charter from defunct Germain Racing. Sponsorship deals are also in place with McDonald’s, Columbia Sportswear, Dr. Pepper, and Root Insurance. Schemes and appearances with those sponsors will be released at a future date.

23XI (pronounced “twenty-three eleven”) is the latest business endeavor of Jordan, who is also the principal owner and chairman of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets. Jordan is the first Black principal owner of a NASCAR Cup Series race team since Hall of Famer Wendell Scott ran his own team over 13 seasons (1961-73), serving as the primary driver in that span. He enters the endeavor with Hamlin, the current driver of the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota and winner of 44 Cup Series races. Wallace, a six-time winner in the NASCAR Truck Series, is coming off a career-best season at the Cup level, earning five top-ten finishes and coming home 22nd in the final standings in his last season with Richard Petty Motorsports.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

New York Yankees: Tanaka-to-Japan odds increase by the day

New York Yankees, Masahiro Tanaka

The pitching-starved New York Yankees continue to play the waiting game with their free agent targets, most notably DJ LeMahieu, and it could be a costly strategy. The infielder, however, is not the only player with an interest in returning to the Bronx.

Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, who has played for the New York Yankees for the last seven seasons, is interested in a reunion. He is now a free agent, but general manager Brian Cashman has said that retaining LeMahieu is the priority.

That has left Tanaka in sort of a limbo. His priority is the Yankees, but he could also, according to reports, consider another MLB franchise or even a return to his native Japan, where he was a star until 2014, when he made the jump to the bigs.

In fact, according to Andy Martino of SNY, the option of going to Japan is beginning to gain more steam given the extremely slow MLB market and the Yankees’ apparent lack of action.

Martino wrote that “there continues to be informed speculation in the industry” that Masahiro Tanaka will pitch in Japan in the 2021 season.

The Yankees have been very passive to this point

Even Tanaka himself told the Japanese media shortly after the turn of the year that he was legitimately considering returning home. It could be a sound financial decision, too, as Nippon Professional Baseball teams have been far more active than MLB clubs to this point.

While he was a well-paid star for the Yankees, they refuse to go over a specific amount payroll-wise, which would limit their spending habits this offseason. That is the most likely scenario.

The 32-year old Tanaka finished 2020 with a 3.56 ERA and 44/8 K/BB ratio over 48 innings (10 starts) with the Yankees. Will the Bombers eventually make a move to retain him, or will he go home given the uncertain MLB market?

New York Yankees: Previous Yankee target Yadier Molina may hang up his cleats

Yadier Molina, New York Yankees

The New York Yankees entered the offseason with many decisions to make to improve the team. Two of those decisions were made relatively quickly. The Yankees made it a priority to re-sign the second baseman and hitting champ DJ LeMahieu (so far unsuccessfully). They also had to decide what to do with their slumping catcher Gary Sanchez. When it came time to tender him a contract, they did. He will earn nearly $6 million this year. However, he will be the Yankees starting catcher, although backup catcher Kyle Higashioka will also see his share of games. Halfway through the 2020 season, he became ace Gerrit Cole’s personal catcher.

After Gary’s miserable season, for Yankee fans, there was much speculation that the team might move on from Sanchez, after hoping his defense would improve over the last few years. With a .147 batting average, he wasn’t adding any offense in the lineup. Surely the Yankees considered R.T Realmuto, James McCann, and Yadier Molina, although Molina was probably the only option. Realmuto was demanding a six-figure contract, and McCann went with the New York Mets. Molina had ties to the Yankees as his brother Jose played at the Stadium from 2007 to 2009 and took home a World Series ring.

The Molina brothers Jose, Benjie, and Yadier were the greatest catching family in baseball over the years. All became stars with their respective teams. Yadier has spent his entire 17-year career with the St. Louis Cardinals being an All-Star, Silver Slugger, and Gold Glove catcher many of those years.

After the 2020 season, Molina’s contract was up, and the Cards chose not to take up his $12 million option for 2021 in a cost-cutting move. So far, he is holding out for a $10 million one-year deal but were prefer a two-year deal. His main suiters were the Washington Nationals and the New York Yankees. Had the Yankees held off on the Sanchez contract, they probably could have gotten the 101 postseason game veteran on a two year $15 million-plus contract. Compared to Sanchez’s $6 million, that would have been a tremendous upgrade at the backstop. But the Yankees chose to continue to have faith in Sanchez.

Now, after seventeen years and no contract being offered, one of the best catchers in all of baseball is considering retirement. Now, if he can’t get a two-year contract with preferable the Cards, he will hang up his cleats. He recently told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he is getting ready to walk away. In an interview with Cardinals broadcaster Polo Ascensio set to run Thursday at noon today, he said:

“If God wants me to come back, then I’ll come back. And if not I will retire happy with my head held high.”

Yadier is the last of the Molina brothers still pitching. Brother Benjie retired as a Ranger in 2010, and brother Jose retired as a Tampa Bay Ray after 2014. Yadier was the best hitter of the three, with a .281 batting average. If Yadier does, in fact, hang up the cleats, it will the end of an era when the brothers dominated the catching scene.

 

 

 

New York Islanders: Predictions for the 2021 season

 Anthony Beauvillier , New York Islanders

The New York Islanders season finally begins tonight after a 3-month layoff since their last game. I just want to say what a great job the NHL has done handling Coronavirus. Not a single league, other than maybe the UFC, has handled COVID-19 better than the NHL.

Back to the Islanders. This 2021 Islanders team is basically the same team as the 2020 team, but it feels different. With additions of Ilya Sorokin and other 3rd liners. The development of Noah Dobson, Oliver Wahlstrom, and Kieffer Bellows. This team, on paper, looks better than the 2020 team, even without Devon Toews. Hockey is finally back, and with a new season comes new predictions.

Top New York Islanders predictions for the 2021 season:

Mat Barzal Bounces Back

It’s weird when a pro-athlete scores 60 points in 68 games, and it’s a down year. But this just shows how talented Mat Barzal really is. My biggest critique of Barzal at one point was the fact that he never shot the puck. Barzal would always pass it to someone who was covered instead of taking an open shot. Barzal only took 170 shots last year, he needs to take around 220 in a full season. But then the playoffs came, and he finally started shooting the puck. And when a dangerous player gets the puck on the net, good things happen. With a good backcheck and some more effort on defense, it looks like Barzal could become a top center in this league.

Anthony Beauvillier Leads the Team in Goals

This is somewhat of a bold prediction due to the goal scoring talent at the center position. Brock Nelson, JG Pageau, and Mat Barzal are normally the ones who lead the team in scoring. But, there’s something undeniable in the way that Beauvillier plays. He’s a baby flame who’s just getting ready to scorch the whole house. With linemates like Josh Bailey and Brock Nelson, there’s a big possibility that this can happen.

Adam Pelech gets in the Norris Trophy Race.

Adam Pelech has been the Islanders’ best-kept secret for the longest time. Pelech is probably the most underrated defenseman in the entire league. I would go as far as to say that Pelech is the most important player on the team. The Islanders slumped so terribly when Pelech got hurt the Isles went 10-13-7 and let up around 3 goals a game. But, when Pelech’s healthy, they went 25-10-3 and let up only around 2.5 goals a game. If the Norris trophy actually focused on defense, Pelech would’ve won it by now.

Ilya Sorokin Wins the Calder

The rookie of the year goes to the 25-year-old Ilya Sorokin. There’s actually zero doubt in my mind about this. The only thing that may be holding him back is the fact that Varlamov is the starter. Sorokin was the best goalie outside of the NHL. Now that he’s here, I don’t know if anyone can stop him.

New York Jets: Breaking down 3 confirmed head coaching candidates (part 3)

New York Jets, Joe Brady

With the New York Jets now preparing for their second batch of interviews where they will condense the field to bring them into Florham Park. With that said, I broke down the Jets three defensive coordinator candidates, three offensive coordinator candidates, and now today is the mixed bag group. A former head coach, a rising secondary coach, and a young offensive coordinator drawing comps to Sean McVay.

Marvin Lewis (Former Bengals Head Coach)

Marvin Lewis began working as a graduate assistant and then later a linebacker’s coach for Idaho State. From there he parlayed his success there into gigs at Long Beach State, University of New Mexico and University of Pittsburgh. He had considerable success and within just eight years he received enough attention as a linebackers coach that he was brought up to the pro ranks. While at his first stop, the Steelers, he worked as a linebackers coach for three years. Then, Lewis received his shot with the Ravens as a defensive coordinator for five years, winning a Super Bowl during that time, before joining the Football Team in the same role for a season.

Despite his background, from 2003-2018, Marvin Lewis is best known for his resurrection of the Cincinnati Bengals franchise. In his 15 years he led the team to the playoffs seven times with a record of 131-122-3 but an 0-7 playoff record. Lewis was undoubtedly a capable and competent leader, but he failed to close when it mattered most on the biggest stage. The losses on the biggest stage ultimately led to the team, letting him go. Lewis, at 62 years old, is still trying to get back to coaching in the pros as he has been helping former Jets coach Herm Edwards in Arizona State, first as a consultant and now as a co-defensive coordinator.

Looking forward, Lewis is a leader and has proven that in his career. One has to wonder if maybe the time off benefited him by giving him time to reevaluate. I think Lewis has a shot of getting a hire in this cycle for a couple of reasons. The first being that he has proven capabilities of turning around a franchise. The other is that his years of connections give him a shot of assembling a talented staff. If a team is looking to rebuild and they want someone to see it through, Lewis is a strong candidate. If you want someone to take your team to that next step though, Lewis has not proven he can do that. The other flaw is his age, and how much longer he even wants to coach, this continues to further my belief that he is a transitional coaching candidate.

Joe Brady (Panthers Offensive Coordinator)

Joe Brady is someone I have highlighted in great lengths during this coaching search and it’s lead up. Brady is known as the 31-year-old offensive wiz kid from Carolina. The former college wide receiver began his coaching career at his alma mater, Willian & Marry. After rising to a linebackers coach position there, Brady received a shot to be a graduate assistant at Penn State. He then received a massive opportunity to receive the tutelage of Sean Payton as an offensive assistant for the New Orleans Saints where he was able to learn first hand how to conduct the offense. Then, he made a decision that Sean Payton at the time told him was a massive mistake, he bolted from New Orleans to head to nearby LSU as the passing game coordinator and receiver’s coach. That decision was not a mistake, but rather, the reason he is a candidate for a head coaching gig.

At LSU, en route to a national championship, Brady architected one of the top offenses in college football history. He took Joe Burrow and brought him from an average college quarterback that likely would be a late round draft pick to, a Heisman campaign, where he had a 76.3 completion percentage and produced a line of 5,671 yds, 60 TDs, and 6 INTs. Burrow took a massive leap and became the first overall selection in the draft. Brady also allowed guys like JaMarr Chase and Justin Jefferson to go from household names to one being a top 15 prospect in this draft class, Chase and one being labeled by some as the next star receiver in the NFL, in Jefferson. Now, since leaving LSU, the team and specifically offense was a shell of themselves and Brady’s exit has been widely attributed to why.

Joe Brady left LSU and took the jump to Carolina to coach under Matt Rhule as his offensive coordinator. The offense was not the most spectacular, but if you look at the jump that players took under his guidance that is indicative of success. Mike Davis filled in masterfully for Christian McCaffery being able to jump into his role to an extent and keep the train moving. Guys like Curtis Samuel, Robby Anderson and Ian Thomas all took massive leaps and proved themselves as legitimate offensive weapons under Joe Brady as well. Brady was able to adapt consistently, instilling a game plan for former XFL star PJ Walker’s first career start on Thursday Night Football that played off his strengths.

Brady has proven to be moldable, adaptable and innovative in his brief but impressive coaching career. He has drawn comparisons to Sean McVay leading many to think he is the next star coach. I have qualms with how he would build a staff based on his minimal coaching experience and I wonder about his leadership based on his youth. With that said though, it sounds like if Terry Fontenot, a New Orleans Saints executive, lands the Atlanta Falcons general manager position, Brady will likely follow him. The Jets were reportedly impressed by him and he was in the select few of candidates they believe could get a second interview. Ultimately, it sounds as though Atlanta is the likeliest home though.

Aaron Glenn (Saints Secondary Coach)

Aaron Glenn is an intriguing coaching candidate. The former New York Jets defensive back is a former All American and has been inducted into the Texas A&M sports hall of fame before being drafted by Gang green with the 12th selection in the 1994 draft. Glenn played for the organization for seven years before being taken by the Houston Texans in the expansion draft. He then played for the Texans, Cowboys, Jaguars and Saints before retiring in 2008. He then spent some time in various capacities, including time away from the game, before taking a general manager position with the Houston Stallions of the Lonestar Football League. He spent a year there before joining the Jets as a scout. Then, Glenn began his coaching career.

The former pro bowler received an opportunity to work as the assistant defensive backs coach for two seasons in Cleveland. The Browns provided him a shot at coaching and launched his career. The Saints then brought Glenn on in the 2016 season as a defensive backs coach, and he’s done wonders for the secondary in his time there. Glenn has been able to elevate the level of play of guys like Marcus Williams and Ken Crawley among others. Glenn has been able to be a hands on teacher and he’s learned from a great in Bill Parcells.

Glenn is a leader and a well-connected coach. His former playing days give him extensive ties for a potential staff. However, he has minimal coaching experience running a system or implementing a scheme. Glenn deserves defensive coordinator looks, but the premise of hiring Glenn before he even gets to control a side of the football does not instill me with the most confidence. He is a smart football mind, making him a dark horse for the job. However, if the Jets go with a young offensive mind, hiring Glenn as a DC would be a home run.

Yankees News: Brian Cashman’s waiting game could cost them DJ LeMahieu and Masahiro Tanaka

New York Yankees, DJ LeMahieu

If the New York Yankees are looking to decrease their level of talent, letting DJ LeMahieu and Masahiro Tanaka walk in free agency would be a good start. So far, there has been little movement from general manager Brian Cashman — sticking to signing minor-league deals for depth players who may or may not contribute during the 2021 season.

Ultimately, the Yankees will have to make moves eventually, as they lack starting talent in the pitching rotation, and losing DJ would force them to supplement his loss with alternative players. Francisco Lindor was an insurance policy in case DJ did end up leaving, but he has since been traded to the New York Mets, who have made several high-profile moves to compete with the Yankees this off-season.

Cashman seems quite confident that waiting and being patient will pay off, and his hopes are that no other teams offer LeMahieu an astronomical deal, which would force his representatives to compromise with New York.

“I understand by waiting on something you want and trying to find ways to make it happen … comes with risk,” Cashman said last month. “That has a downside to it, too, but there are certain players you feel are more worth the waiting game on, and I think DJ LeMahieu is worth that.”

When it comes to pitching, the Yankees have been connected to former Cy Young winner Corey Kluber, who pitched for over 25 teams on Wednesday morning, topping out at 90 mph on his fastball. Some might see that as a negative, but Kluber only reached 92 mph in his prime.

He is a significant target given his success in the past and the progress he’s made since missing nearly two full seasons due to injury. However, the Yankees still might want to consider bringing back Tanaka, who has been a consistent pitcher for them and represents quality. He might not be the No.2 they desire behind Gerrit Cole, but he can get the job done and has historically played well in the postseason. Nonetheless, the Yankees are on pace to lose him as well, as a San Diego Padres are considering Tanaka is a potential free-agent signing.

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported that the San Diego Padres are looking at potentially adding Masahiro Tanaka to their ranks.

Even after trading for left-hander Blake Snell and righty Yu Darvish, the Padres are doing background work on multiple free-agent starting pitchers, sources say. One of those pitchers, righty Masahiro Tanaka, has connections to two significant members of the organization – Darvish and pitching coach Larry Rothschild. Darvish and Tanaka are friends and Rothschild was Tanaka’s pitching coach with the Yankees from 2014 to ’19. Tanaka suffered a partial elbow tear in ’14, chose rehabilitation over Tommy John surgery and remained largely durable, ranking 18th in the majors in starts since ’15.

This off-season is not playing out as most Yankee fans had hoped, acquiring additional talent needed to compete for a World Series. I’m surprised Cashman hasn’t utilized some of his younger options to acquire better talent in trades.

Blake Snell was a pitcher I viewed as the perfect match for the Yankees, considering his youth and price per year. However, Cashman continues to rely on his young players and sees them as more than just trade pieces. Homegrown talent is important, but when other teams are surpassing you and making the moves necessary to compete for a championship, you can’t remain hesitant.

New York Knicks lose 4th straight, but one rookie is showing incredible potential

New York Knicks, Immanuel Quickley

The New York Knicks are in the middle of a tough losing streak, giving up their last four games. At one point in the season, they had won five of six games, but their offense has been sputtering and their defense lackluster. During this four-game losing streak, the Knicks have given up at least 101 points and allowed 116 against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday evening.

Despite drawing the game within five in the final moments, the Nets handily won this contest, leading by 19 at one point. They simply couldn’t stop Kevin Durant and his perfect mid-range jumper, also allowing 30 points from the Brooklyn bench.

As for the Knicks, Julius Randle had another fantastic game, posting 30 points on 13-of-25 shots from the field. However, young rookie Immanuel Quickley looked sharp in the loss, playing 22 minutes. He finished with 19 points, connecting on 7-of-15 shots and hitting on 3-of-6 shots from three-point land. He also collected three assists, and while I would like to see him spreading the ball a bit more efficiently, he seems fearless driving the rim and utilizes his high energy to tantalize opposing shooters.

Quickley has something that all great players contain, and it is drive. His desire to become better each and every day will eventually lead to him being a star for the Knicks, and while it will likely take some time as a late first-round pick, he has all of the tools necessary to reach his potential.

Even after the Knicks’ loss to the Nets, Quickley stayed after hours and heaved up shots while nobody else was in the stadium. That shows determination and motivation, something Knicks’ players have lacked in the past, but they are committed to finding athletes who desperately want to be great, and that is what Quickley is.

Luckily for him, it seems that head coach Tom Thibodeau is committed to giving him more minutes, especially with Elfrid Payton under-performing and lacking consistency. Payton is on a one year, $5 million deal, so it is more beneficial to give action to Immanuel, who is obviously the future and could be their solution at point guard long-term.

Once he gets that floating shot down from the paint, he’s going to be a deadly threat who can score from all angles and maximize his high energy style of play.

UFC: Conor McGregor wants to have a run at lightweight

Conor McGregor, UFC

The biggest combat sports star in the world will make his return next Saturday. The UFC‘s first champ-champ, Conor McGregor (22-4), will be fighting for the first time since he knocked out Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds at UFC 246.

McGregor will be taking on Dustin Poirier (26-6, 1 NC) in a rematch from UFC 178. That night, McGregor stopped Poirier in the first few minutes in a fight that showed the world that Conor McGregor was the real deal.

Fast forward more than six years later and both men are in drastically different spots. McGregor became a two-division world champion and he’s even boxed Floyd Mayweather. Meanwhile Poirier rose to the top of lightweight and became the interim champion.

Going into UFC 257, it’s safe to say that both men are at their peaks. I think we are probably going to see the best versions of Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier when they fight next weekend.

The one thing that’s been pointed out about McGregor leading up to this fight is his mentality. When McGregor appears fully focused, he might be the best fighter in the world. However, outside distractions have sometimes hindered his performance in the cage.

There has been a lot of speculation about what will be next for McGregor should he win at UFC 257. Will he box Manny Pacquiao? Will he stay at lightweight? Or will he pursue welterweight superfights? McGregor told The Mac Life his plans earlier this morning.

McGregor wants a UFC title run at lightweight

“I never got a good stint at 155 pounds. A consecutive stint as I did in the featherweight division. I would like to do it the same in the lightweight division as I did in the featherweight division. Give it a good run and tear through the division,” McGregor said.

This has to be music to the ears to everyone at the UFC. There would be nothing better for their business than having McGregor go on a run in the lightweight division. McGregor appears to be fully committed to that or at least he’s appearing that way as of now.

Conor McGregor also discussed his fellow competitors at lightweight and said that there’s many great competitors that he wants to fight. He also mentioned being very interested in the trilogy with Nate Diaz (20-12) at some point in the lightweight division.