McGregor became the interim champ this past July, by putting away perennial contender Chad Mendes at UFC 189. For some, the victory proved McGregor is a world class talent, since he defeated one of the planet’s best 145érs. For others, however, the bout demonstrated that McGregor’s wrestling and ground game needs some work.
Back to Pettis, the former lightweight champ recently attended a Q & A session in Houston for UFC 192, and here is what “Showtime” had to say about McGregor (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“Conor’s talking and doing his thing,” Pettis said. “But he hasn’t beat no one yet.”
“Aldo, he’s beat everybody, but he’s at 145,” Pettis added. “Aldo would be a good challenge for me. With Conor, he hasn’t beat anybody yet, so it’s hard to tell. If he beats Aldo, then he’s legit.”
How about that? Mendes fans likely won’t care for the comments, although, Pettis may have been thinking about the fact “Money” fought McGregor on short notice (which is another factor McGregor doubters point to). If McGregor does beat Aldo–the greatest featherweight of all time–then it will be pretty tough to slight what he’s accomplished.
Aldo-McGregor will headline UFC 192, which will take place on December 12th in Las Vegas.
Pettis, meanwhile, is scheduled to fight former Bellator champ Eddie Alvarez on January 17th. That card will go down in Boston.