UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor insists that he’s still the reigning featherweight champion despite the UFC’s announcement that he relinquished the belt.
“The Notorious” succeeded to make history after defeating Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205. He became the first UFC fighter to win the belts in two different weight divisions. Before the fight, UFC president Dana White said that McGregor needs to give up one of the belts if ever he wins.
Even before acquiring the lightweight belt, Conor McGregor already stated that it would take “an army” to take either belt away from him. As of now, McGregor continues to tell the world that he’s still the featherweight champion.
“I’m still the two-weight world champion,” McGregor said. “Make no mistake about that. They can say what they want, they can try and get phony belts and hand them out to people I’ve already destroyed. I mean, the current champion is a guy I KO’d in 13 seconds. The current interim champion is a guy I destroyed as well. Officially, I don’t care what nobody says. I am the two-weight world champion and that is that.”
With the UFC’s announcement, interim champion Jose Aldo was automatically promoted as the new undisputed featherweight champion. At UFC 206, Max Holloway acquired the interim belt by defeating Anthony Pettis. Aldo and Holloway are set to face at UFC 208 for the title unification.
WHY ALDO, HOLLOWAY STILL NEED TO FIGHT CONOR MCGREGOR?
At UFC 194, it only took 13 seconds for Conor McGregor to take away the featherweight belt from Jose Aldo. It became the fastest finish in any UFC title fight. Since then, Aldo patiently waits for McGregor to give him a rematch, but the Irish fighter continues to ignore him.
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At UFC 200, Aldo strengthened his chance for a title shot by defeating Frankie Edgar for the interim belt. Unfortunately, McGregor decided to move to another division, not showing interest to defend the belt. Though he easily reclaimed the belt, most MMA fans believed that Aldo does not deserve to sit on the throne.
The same thing goes with Max Holloway who was defeated by McGregor at UFC Fight Night 26. Holloway replaced Andy Ogle, who suffered an injury. “Blessed” managed to survive all three rounds but still lost via unanimous decision.
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“THE NOTORIOUS” RETURNING EARLIER THAN EXPECTED
Conor McGregor denies White’s claim that he would be out for 10 months. “The Notorious” hints that he could return to the Octagon early in 2017.
“As far as a break, I don’t know,” McGregor said. “I know Dana has been on record, being like, ’10 months — he’s taking 10 months off.’ Where did you [get] 10 months?”
However, recalling after UFC 205, the Irish fighter demanded a share from the company. He claimed that he will not be fighting again unless the UFC gives what he wants. As of now, there is no indication regarding an ongoing negotiation between the two parties. If the UFC gives in, there is a higher possibility that MMA fans could see McGregor in action earlier than expected.
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