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MMA Rumors: Conor McGregor ready to vacate featherweight title; McGregor-Diaz 3 possible after UFC 205

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UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor will be fighting Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 on November 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York. In line with this, there are speculations that ‘The Notorious’ will be forced to vacate the featherweight title and hand it to interim champion Jose Aldo.

Many people are expecting that Conor McGregor will be returning to the featherweight division after his fight against Nate Diaz at UFC 202. However, ‘The Notorious’ is eyeing to win another belt, this time in the lightweight division.

“I’m gonna wrap one [belt] on one shoulder and the other on the other shoulder,” McGregor said. “And you’re gonna need a f—ing army to come take them belts off me.”

Before the announcement was made, Eddie Alvarez is expected to fight the No. 1 contender Khabib Nurmagomedov while Conor McGregor is set to defend his title against Jose Aldo. In the upcoming super fight, some people are questioning if McGregor will be stripped of the featherweight belt after he hesitated to defend it once again.

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UFC interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo is disappointed with Dana White’s decision to let McGregor fight against Alvarez. White said in the past months that the Irish fighter will be returning to the featherweight division after his fight with Nate Diaz. With the official announcement of UFC 205 main event, Aldo said that he demands to be released in UFC and retire to MMA.

“So we waited until Dana said publicly that he wanted this fight with McGregor to happen,” Aldo said. “We were expecting it to happen: Either I’d have my rematch to unify the featherweight belt or I’d get my belt back fighting (Max) Holloway or (Anthony) Pettis, considering that, according to what Dana himself had been saying all along, Conor couldn’t keep both belts.

“But, to my surprise, I found out last night about the fight between McGregor and Eddie Alvarez, who’d also been denied by Dana himself last week and, to make matters worse, he’d keep the featherweight belt, being able to get two belts simultaneously,” Aldo said via MMAJunkie.

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If Conor McGregor succeeds to win at UFC 205, there is a higher possibility that Nate Diaz will be challenging him for their third fight. When this happens, it will be fair for Jose Aldo if ‘The Notorious’ will vacate the featherweight belt.

As of now, UFC president Dana White has not said anything regarding Aldo’s statement. It is very unlikely that the promotion will grant Aldo his walking papers. White is expected to make a decision regarding the situation of Conor McGregor, Jose Aldo, and the featherweight division.

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