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Conor McGregor To Return To Featherweight To Defend His Belt

UFC featherweight champion, Conor McGregor, is done testing the waters in the welterweight division, at least for now. McGregor took on Nate Diaz in the main event at UFC 196 last night, and lost by second round submission.

Although McGregor appeared to be winning the fight going into the second round, he ate a good string of punches from Diaz, before shooting in for an exhausted takedown attempt. Nate Diaz stuffed the takedown attempt and applied a guillotine choke, which McGregor desperately rolled out of, before Nate Diaz transitioned the the mounted position.

Nate Diaz landed a couple punches from the mount position, before McGregor rolled onto his stomach, where Diaz applied the fight-ending rear-naked-choke submission.

During the post-fight press conference, McGregor was asked what’s next for him. Here’s how he responded:

“I know there’s a lot of people celebrating this (loss) in the featherweight division. There are many people celebrating another man’s victory. It’s something that I can’t understand, how someone not involved can celebrate another man’s victory.

At the end of the day, I am the featherweight champion. I feel it is only right to go back down and remind them of what I achieved and what I have done in that division.

But, I am not forgetting the 155 lb division. I am not certainly forgetting about the 170 lb division. I think next is probably to go back down, and defend my featherweight crown.”

One fighter who would certainly like to welcome McGregor back to the featherweight division for a title fight, is the man McGregor took the title from, Jose Aldo. Aldo took to his official Twitter to reveal that he wants to rematch the Irishman at UFC 200.