McGregor has been granted the opportunity to fight for the lightweight title, but, the Irish star will not have to vacate the featherweight belt. In the past, the UFC was against having one man possibly hold two titles, due to the scheduling challenges involved.
Case in point, recently Aldo’s coach, Andre Pederneiras spoke to Sherdog.com. While discussing the fact that the UFC has made an exception to this policy for McGregor, the Nova Uniao leader stated (quote via Bloody Elbow.com):
“Concerning Aldo, we are just waiting to see what the future holds right now since McGregor has been allowed to keep the 145 title while being able to fight or the 155 title,” Pederneiras said. “That is something that hasn’t happened before. I spent four years asking the UFC the same thing, to allow Aldo to keep his featherweight belt while going up and contesting at lightweight but it was never allowed. Now we see Conor get the OK on his first request.”
Now sure, whether you’re a McGregor fan or not, chances are you’re pretty interested to see how this all plays out. If he does defeat dos Anjos, and secures the lightweight belt, we’ll be entering a new era.
Aldo has been injury prone in the past, so you could argue the UFC denied this request because of that. But, Aldo isn’t the same draw as McGregor, and the latter’s ability to generate cash certainly played a key role in the UFC’s decision. Does this mean Aldo and his camp don’t have the right to be annoyed though?
Dos Anjos – McGregor will headline UFC 197 which will take place on March 5th. In the co-headliner, bantamweight champ Holly Holm will face Miesha Tate.