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Jose Aldo and Eddie Alvarez both calling for McGregor to drop weight and fight them next

There’s only so many red panties to go around.

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AFTER CONOR MCGREGOR bounced back from his sole UFC defeat to date to beat Nate Diaz over five gruelling rounds at 170lbs last night, the customary call-outs came from the organisation’s leading contenders in the divisions below.

UFC 200 Mixed Martial Arts Source: John Locher

Jose Aldo, who McGregor famously knocked-out after 13 seconds to claim the featherweight (145lbs) belt at UFC 194, hasn’t been shy about calling for a rematch since that December bout.

This morning, the Brazilian, who is the only previous holder of the title, suggested that McGregor should vacate the title if he is not ‘The Notorious’ opponent at UFC 205 in November.

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However, after inviting Diaz to a third fight at 155lbs, a more likely match for McGregor might be reigning lightweight (155lb) champion Eddie Alvarez.

The 32-year-old was also angling for a place on the New York card in November as he both warned McGregor and Diaz to stay away from the lightweight division and invited them in within the same tweet.

Alvarez won the lightweight belt with a July first-round knock-out win over Rafael dos Anjos – the man who McGregor was due to fight for the same title at UFC 196 until Diaz stepped in as the late injury replacement.

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