If anyone thought that Conor McGregor’s quick win over Dustin Poirier at UFC 178 would muzzle his fellow featherweights from calling him out, they were wrong. After all, despite McGregor’s impressive run in the UFC to date, he’s verbally trashed pretty much every notable 145ér the promotion has. So, in other words, there are likely more than a few vets who would love a chance at derailing the “Notorious” hype train.
Evidently one of those men is Nik Lentz, who is has gone 4-1 since dropping down from lightweight. “The Carny” has defeated Eiji Mitsuoka, Diego Nunes, Hacran Dias and most recently Manny Gamburyan, and his only loss came at the scary hands of #1 contender, Chad Mendes.
Following McGregor’s win on Saturday, Lentz issued this call out to McGregor via Twitter:
— Nik Lentz (@NikLentz) September 28, 2014
Since Lentz is currently ranked #8, chances are McGregor wouldn’t be interested in facing the American, as he’s already made it clear he’s hoping for a title shot. That aside, it would be interesting to see how McGregor would fare against Lentz. The latter is a former NCAA Division 1 wrestler, and the Irish fighter hasn’t faced a top contender with a wrestling acumen like him.
If the UFC is thinking about booking McGregor for a title shot eliminator, then it would make the most sense to have him fight the winner of Cub Swanson-Frankie Edgar, which will go down on November 22nd. Having him face the winner of Ricardo Lamas-Dennis Bermudez, which is scheduled for November 15th, would also be an extremely compelling fight.
Of course, champion Jose Aldo is set to rematch Mendes on October 25th, and McGregor is apparently heading out to watch the contest live in Brazil…
Oh, Lentz also offered this retort to the McGregor boosters who’ve been jumping on his call out: