When Irish featherweight Conor McGregor (13-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC), heard he was getting a new opponent at next month's UFC Fight Night 26 event (formerly known as UFC on FOX Sports 1 1), he offered up an idea for UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby: top-ranked 145-pounder Ricardo Lamas (13-2 MMA, 4-0 UFC).
"I wanted Rircardo Lamas," McGregor admitted Wednesday at a press luncheon in Las Vegas.
McGregor was originally slated to meet Andy Ogle at the event, which takes place on Aug. 17 at Boston's TD Garden. When Ogle was forced to withdraw from the card, McGregor was in need of a new opponent.
For the 25-year-old Irishman, the logic was simple. Even after just one fight in the UFC, his focus is on winning the title. What better way to get there than to beat a man many believe is the division's current No. 1 contender?
"I want the belt," McGregor told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com
). "The title is what I'm after."
Unfortunately for McGregor, Shelby didn't agree with the logic.
"Don't be in a hurry, he was saying," McGregor recalled.
Instead, McGregor was given a matchup with Max Holloway (7-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC), and the pair now meets on the FOX Sports 1-televised preliminary card of UFC Fight Night 26. It's an intriguing matchup and could provide a proper step in the right direction for McGregor. After all, the 21-year-old Holloway is coming off of a loss, but he had previously strung together three straight wins.