Conor McGregor should think carefully before deciding whether to make a move up in weight class, according to Rafael Dos Anjos and Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone.
McGregor, who ended Jose Aldo’s five-year reign as UFC featherweight champion with a knockout in just 13 seconds at UFC 194 last Saturday, has signalled his desire to become a simultaneous two-belt champion.
UFC president Dana White announced that McGregor’s next fight would be against the winner of Saturday’s bout between Dos Anjos and Cerrone, if the Dubliner decides to move up to 155 pounds.
Dos Anjos is set to compete in his 19th UFC lightweight matchup and thinks McGregor could be making a mistake if he chooses to join him in the lightweight division.
"He gets a lot of hype, and he's a good fighter," Dos Anjos told reporters. "But if he comes to the lightweight division, he's going to get hurt."
Cerrone agrees with his Brazilian rival and suggests McGregor wouldn’t be suited to fight at the higher weight level.
"He's too small to come to 155," Cerrone said. "His jaw is powerful. He's got good talk. But he won't fare (well) with the top (lightweight fighters). He might do good with the lower-ranked guys if they do the same thing they did with the (featherweights) and pick and choose his guys, but if they throw him in the (lightweight) top 10, no way."