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McGregor Is Holding up a Division That He Hasn’t Even Competed In

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Sitting at the post-fight press conference to UFC 196, having just suffered his first Octagon loss at the hands of Nate Diaz, McGregor insisted that he would move back down to featherweight to defend his title against either Jose Aldo or Frankie Edgar. Yet, just a couple of weeks later, it was announced that he would remain at welterweight for a rubber match with Diaz.

Even throughout his public back and forth with Dana White that saw him briefly retire before being pulled from the UFC 200 card, McGregor insisted that the featherweight division was his next port of call after a rematch with Diaz.

Defending his featherweight crown has been one of the most talked about issues with ‘The Notorious’ and a lot of the division’s top contenders have criticized him for jumping up, initially to lightweight, and now to welterweight.

When Dana White claimed that a meeting with Robbie Lawler could be extended in the direction of McGregor if he had beaten Diaz, the featherweight division was up in arms considering that the man that they all wanted to face was being matched in other divisions.

For that reason, even before the rematch has taken place, it was always going to be an option for McGregor to simply not return to featherweight immediately following his August 20 main event at the T-Mobile Arena. The fact that he is such a draw allows him to look at different avenues that aren’t available to other fighters under the banner.

According to Eddie Alvarez, who everyone thought was set to face Khabib Nurmagomedov after UFC announced Rafael Dos Anjos versus Tony Ferguson, he has been told to wait for the winner of the UFC 202 headline clash.

Given that McGregor is coming off a loss in his first test in ….View full article

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