Former two division UFC champion Conor McGregor is challenging UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for the gold in the main event of UFC 229.
Valentina Shevchenko and Sijara Eubanks will battle for the vacant UFC Women’s Flyweight Title in the main event of UFC 230, but McGregor believes two other fighters should be headlining that card.
“I think Diaz-Poirier should be main event personally,” McGregor said on UFC Tonight. “But it’s great for the women, it gives them more opportunity. If it’s the belt that they are doing this for, then why not add more divisions?”
Diaz and Poirier are scheduled to co-headline the card, as the UFC 230 main event was only announced earlier this week.
Poirier and Diaz wanted to have the bout at 165 pounds, which is a weight class McGregor is willing to compete at for a third shot against Diaz.
“[It would be at] 155 I’d imagine,” McGregor said. “We’ll see because maybe we could spearhead a 165-pound division. I do believe we should go 145, 155, 165, 175, 185…even 195. So why not? They’re stripping people left and right. I only walked out of the cage, they didn’t even offer me a fight and I was getting stripped… Stick in more weight divisions, more champions, why not? If that’s what you’re doing anyway. I believe maybe me and Diaz could do the trilogy at 165. Who knows? As of now it’ll be a 155er.”
UFC 229 takes place on Saturday, October 6 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor headlining. UFC 230 takes place on Saturday, November 3 from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York with Valentina Shevchenko and Sijara Eubanks headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage for both events, with post-show podcasts to follow for both events.