Conor McGregor has stated one of his goals is to win a boxing world title and the feat may have become more likely despite McGregor having zero professional wins.
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman indicated the UFC star could fight for a belt with one big win.
"I would say, he needs to face and defeat a ranked fighter, then he would be eligible to be ranked and to compete for a title," Sulaiman told Jack Figg of The Sun.
McGregor is best known for his MMA career, winning UFC titles at two different weights. His only professional foray into boxing was a loss to Floyd Mayweather.
The 32-year-old has since returned to UFC and is set for a rematch against Dustin Poirier on Jan. 23 that could help determine the future of the lightweight division. However, according to Sulaiman, he wouldn't have to climb a long ladder in boxing to make it to a title fight.
"If he is to start boxing and proves with victories in boxing then he should certainly be given the opportunity to fight for a world title," Sulaiman added.