Despite likely protests from Frankie Edgar, Cub Swanson and other featherweights, UFC president Dana White truly believes Conor McGregor just might be the next contender to the title.

While Jose Aldo defends his belt against Chad Mendes later this month, White recently told that “Notorious” could slide ahead of the pack if Aldo retains at UFC 179.

“Here’s the thing: If you go down the list, every one of those guys has fought Jose Aldo already. Conor hasn’t. So who do you line up next for the champ other than Conor? Everybody else has fought him.”

Aldo holds wins over Edgar, Swanson (from their WEC days) and even Mendes already, so White does have a point there. Of course, McGregor is just now coming off a win over a highly-ranked fighter in Dustin Poirier.

The Irish bad boy sits 4-0 inside the Octagon, but he’s made more noise outside of it. Fans packed the stadium earlier this year when he was the main event for a card in Dublin, and he received a home-crowd welcome while competing in Las Vegas recently.

Does all that mean a title shot could be in order? It sure sounds like it.