UFC president Dana White believes that featherweight champion Conor McGregor will stay in the welterweight division if he beats Nate Diaz at UFC 196.
McGregor was initially supposed to face Rafael dos Anjos, but the lightweight champion pulled out due to a broken foot.
McGregor has now jumped up two weight divisions to face Diaz and White admitted that it will be tough for the Irishman to go from 170 pounds back down to the 145-pound featherweight division.
“I think if he wins impressively, he doesn’t even go back to 145,” White told reporters. “That’s what I think. That weight cut is horrible for him. He looks terrible. I’m sure he feels terrible. I think he stays at 170 if he wins tomorrow.”
However, McGregor made it clear that he will happily return to the featherweight division to defend his title should he be given a worthy opponent to face.
“I can go back to 145 no problem,” McGregor said. “Who is there, though? Let me see some of these damn bums get up and fight and make some noise. I just hear crying, complaining, please, begging — all this s**t. I don’t see nothing appealing. They need to build themselves up right now.
“I’m sitting pretty. I’m sitting up here. They need to fight and make some noise, make me stand up and say, OK, I’ll take him on. That’s what I need to see, because right now I see a bunch of complainers, whiners.”