After much chatter in the media, featherweight champion Conor McGregor has stated that he is willing to give up one of his two UFC titles… just let him win the second belt first!
As soon as it was announced that McGregor would challenge UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez for his belt at UFC 205 in New York, company president Dana White declared that the Irishman’s opportunity to make history came with a stipulation.
If McGregor defeats Alvarez on Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden, he will become the first fighter in UFC history to hold championships in two weight categories simultaneously. BJ Penn and Randy Couture have each won belts in two divisions, but neither held both at the same time. McGregor would be the first.
If he does so, White declared that McGregor would have to immediately relinquish one of the belts.
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“He wants to try to gain both belts,” White said on ESPN’s SportsCenter. “He will give up one of the titles after that fight in New York.”
McGregor initially, in no uncertain terms, said that he wouldn’t be giving up either belt.
“I’m gonna wrap one on one shoulder and I’m gonna wrap the other one on the other shoulder, and they’re gonna need a (expletive) army to come take them belts off me,” he said at the UFC 205 Kickoff Press Conference at Madison Square Garden in September.
In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, however, McGregor softened his stance a bit. He would be willing to give up a belt if that is what’s best for business, but he’d appreciate it if everyone would let him actually achieve his goal before putting so much attention on relinquishing ….View full article