Last week, the UFC made the official announcement that Conor McGregor will be stripped of his featherweight title to make room for the upcoming main event between Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis at UFC 206. There have been mixed reactions since, but no one has heard from the Notorious.
Conor McGregor finally addressed the featherweight elephant in the room and gave his thoughts about relinquishing the belt. As expected he was not going to give it up quite easily. As expected it seems that it might still take “an army” to pry the belt from his cold dead hands.
“You’re looking at the two-weight world champion!” exclaimed McGregor. “And that’s it! I’ll say to the UFC, and I love the company, ‘You’re foolin nobody.’ I still got them belts, so someone’s got to take that belt off me. Physically. No online, not through a keyboard.”
The full interview can be seen in the video below.
But while Conor McGregor claims to still own the belt, UFC president Dana White seems to think otherwise. In another recent interview, the head honcho of the fight promotion company, shared how it was the Notorious who even relinquished the belt on his own.
Conor McGregor relinquished belt willingly?
This was in response to another claim by McGregor coach John Kavanagh who said that his fighter was stripped “in a bout of UFC politics.”
“He’s misinformed,” White responded to Kavanagh’s comments. “He doesn’t know all that has gone on, I guess. Do you think I just did this? This was Conor’s decision. Look, I let Conor fight (Nate) Diaz and then I let him fight Diaz again. Then there was the whole 155-pound thing I let him do, but at the end of the day, him doing that tied up the division for a year. There’s a logjam there and a lot of guys were (getting frustrated).”
And even if Conor can say anything he wants, White made it clear that he is still the boss.
“I have no idea what Conor is doing,” he added. “Conor’s Conor. He does his thing, but he’s under contract to me.”
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