Before making his UFC debut in April 2013, Conor McGregor was the featherweight and lightweight champion in the London-based Cage Warriors fight promotion. From day one, the Irishman had aspiration of doing the same thing in the UFC.
“I came into this promotion as a two-weight world champion. I always wanted to replicate that. That was always the goal, create history, and continue to create history,” said McGregor during a UFC 197 press conference on Wednesday.
He knocked out Jose Aldo at UFC 194 to unify the featherweight title and will have the opportunity to add the lightweight belt to his trophy case when he faces champion Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 197 on March 5.
“The Notorious” sees dos Anjos as nothing more than someone in his way of achieving his goal.
“This man across from me has a title. He has nothing else but that. He is a free TV fighter. He has nothing else to offer me except that gold belt,” he said. “Rafael is next and that’s it. More gold belts.”
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If he’s successful in his attempt to hold two world titles at the same time, McGregor plans to defend them, and potentially even go after the welterweight title in the future.
“I’m an active champion. I will fight in many weight divisions,” he said. “I like the sound of that 170-pound title as well. I feel I can take down three gold belts. And I feel I can do it by the year’s end.”
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