Daniel Cormier and Ben Askren don’t agree on Conor McGregor fighting for the inaugural 165lbs title.
One fan recently took to X to claim the UFC will make McGregor vs. Michael Chandler for the inaugural 165lbs title. The 165lbs division is something many fans have wanted for quite some time, but ‘DC’ thinks if the promotion does it, McGregor has to be one-half of the title fight.
“If you do though, it has to be Conor, if you do 165, it has to be Conor. You are introducing a new weight class, it has to mean something. You can’t have two normal fighters introducing the weight. Look, it didn’t work at 145 when they did it for the women,” Cormier said on his YouTube channel.
“It ended up being two people, but you recall, Germaine de Randamie fought Holly Holm for that championship in Brooklyn, it wasn’t a great fight but Germaine de Randamie won the fight and refused to fight Cris Cyborg. Nobody took it seriously until Cris Cyborg became the champion, and when Cyborg became the champion, it wasn’t the problem. The only reason why it worked was because it was Cris Cyborg. It would be the same thing if you add this belt with a guy without a name,” Cormier continued.
Daniel Cormier also believes the 165lbs division is long overdue and believes it is something the UFC should do.
Ben Askren disagrees that McGregor should fight for 165lbs title
Although Cormier thinks McGregor will be one-half of a potential 165lbs title fight, Ben Askren couldn’t disagree more.
Instead, Askren says McGregor shouldn’t be fighting for a UFC title, instead if the promotion wants a title on the line, they can make up another BMF belt.
“McGregor is coming off like four losses, Daniel, it doesn’t make any sense. If he’s a guy who had won 20 in a row or something, kind of like my situation where I didn’t want to fight Tyron. If we are going to try and make a belt for Conor, just make another BMF, make IMF, Irish Motherf****r,” Askren said.
Although Cormier and Askren disagree about McGregor fighting for the 165lbs title, Dana White has been reluctant to make the division anyways.