The Brazilian fighter has worked his way into the #4 ranking at 155, thanks to a three fight winning streak, which includes wins over Anthony Pettis, Gilbert Melendez and Beneil Dariush. Barboza is ranked behind Khabib Nurmagomedov, Tony Ferguson and Eddie Alvarez, but since the latter was taken out by McGregor last year, he’s likely a step behind, in terms of earning a title shot.
“Khabib and Ferguson want to fight each other, but is the fight soon? Can it happen before 2020? Go ahead, fight each other, and then I’m next in line. For me, this division doesn’t have a real champion. Conor has fought one time in this division and then never defended his belt.If he comes back I do think we will fight. Conor doesn’t like to fight wrestlers. I’m a striker. If I fight with him I’ll say, ‘Bro, don’t even train wrestling. I will not try to take you down. This fight will happen on the feet.'”
Now, there’s no question that on paper, a bout between McGregor and Barboza has the makings of something special. But, as alluded to above, we likely won’t see McGregor – Barboza anytime soon.
The Brazilian fighter also had an interesting proposal, in terms of what fight should come next for him, as he waits to the 155 title shot picture to play out:
“What about a superfight against Jose Aldo? Imagine that. Two Brazilian strikers. Why not? That’s a fight that would get me excited. He’s the best 145-pounder ever. If the UFC offered that, I would definitely sit down and think about it.”
Yup. That’s certainly a fight a lot of fans would embrace. It remains to be seen what’s going to be next for Aldo, following his stoppage loss to Max Holloway last month.