During the official UFC 204 Post-Fight Show on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday evening, UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz had some interesting comments to make regarding UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor.
Cruz was asked by a fan on social media if he were to move up in weight in the UFC, would “The Notorious” one, who is champion of the very next division above him, be the man he would have his sights set on.
“The Dominator” responded in no holds barred fashion to the fan, pointing out his belief that it actually wouldn’t be up to him or the UFC, as he claims McGregor calls his own shots.
“Look, everybody’s calling out McGregor, so I don’t want to be another guy because everybody wants that fight,” said Cruz. “But the thing is, McGregor is picking his own fights. So that’s not up to me [and] that’s not up to the UFC, that’s up to McGregor.”
Cruz continued, “Now, I know as much as McGregor, and more about this sport than anybody, and it seems the only way to beat McGregor is with your mind. I know I can do that. I know I also can technically beat him.”
From there, Cruz, the reigning UFC 135-pound champion said that he would be willing to fight McGregor at 145-pounds, where he is currently a champion himself, or even at 155 pounds if he wins the UFC Lightweight Title from Eddie Alvarez in his next fight at UFC 205 in November.
“I know at 145 pounds I’m extremely fast and hard to deal with,” said Cruz. “I can beat McGregor, absolutely, and I would love to fight him at 145 pounds or 155 pounds if he wins the title. I don’t care, I’m the champion and my style is built for moving up in weight, because I don’t take damage.”