Minutes after knocking out former featherweight champion Jose Aldo, McGregor stated that he is targeting his next title at 155 pounds and move to lightweight division but simultaneously fight at featherweight division too.
But now it looks like that McGregor is soon going to get his wish fulfilled by becoming the only second fighter in UFC history after B.J. Penn to try and hold two titles in two different weight classes simultaneously.
On Wednesday’s episode of UFC Tonight, UFC President Dana White made it clear that he’s open to this possibility. Although, White was reluctant at first to allow McGregor to go up and compete in a new division without vacating his featherweight title, he seems to have come aboard and is now quite interested at the opportunity.
MMA Fighting quotes White saying, “Conor has said he would like to win the 155-pound belt and fight four times a year and defend both belts. If anybody can do it, Conor McGregor can. This guy has done pretty much everything he said he would do so I’m interested.”
McGregor previously stated that he is in no mood to vacate his featherweight title if he went to 155 pounds but will abide by UFC’s decision regarding it.
Traditionally, if a champion wanted to move up or down a weight division, he or she would have to vacate the belt in their current division. For McGregor, however, White is ready to make an exception.
“That is true, normally I would say if you’re going to move up in weight you’re going to have to give up the belt, but Conor has done everything he said he would do,” White said according to the report.
“He wants to fight, he really likes money, so if anybody could do it, it’s probably him.”
With many willing to fight McGregor, the latest being Frankie Edgar who has been calling himself ‘a nightmare’ for McGregor, McGregor too has stated that he wants to be back in action soon, reports FOX Sports.
Meanwhile, the 27 year old Irishman has been named one of the top 25 sex symbols in the world by Rolling Stone magazine. McGregor joins a list of names that includes Orange is the New Black star Ruby Rose, Star Wars newbie Daisy Ridley and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.