Cabral is the ridiculously talented grappler who took out Naoyuki Kotani at UFC 179 this weekend, with a second round, ear-naked-choke. The lightweight is also a teammate of featherweight champ Jose Aldo, who as you likely know, has taken some verbal abuse from McGregor (like saying the champion’s skills have been declining for example…).
Well, while Cabral was speaking with the media recently following his win, here is some of what the Brazilian had to say about “Notorious” (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I just got to the lightweight division, so my goal is to train, evolve and fight the best. I’ll eventually get to the top,” Cabral said. “There’s a guy that I want to fight, a guy that has been talking a lot, talking about Jose Aldo as well: McGregor. He fights at 145, but talked about moving up to 155 for a fight, and I also thought about fighting at 145. I want to beat him up one day.”
“We have at least 10 featherweights at Nova Uniao that could beat him up,” Cabral said. “Until he gets to Aldo, there are more guys he has to beat. Hacran Dias would kill him.”
If you’re new to this UFC stuff, Dias is a Nova Uniao featherweight who has gone 21-3-1 to date. He is, however, coming off consecutive decision losses to Nik Lentz and Ricardo Lamas. I
If you’re keeping track, Nova Uniao is also home to accomplished featherweight Marlon Sandro, and highly regarded bantamweights like Eduardo Dantas and Renan Barao.
Of course, Cabral isn’t the first fighter to argue McGregor doesn’t deserve a title shot yet, since he hasn’t fought many top contenders other than Dustin Poirier (who he put away in a less than a round).
McGregor is scheduled to fight Dennis Siver on January 18th, and will likely get booked for a fight with Aldo, provided he gets by the rugged vet.