Conor McGregor could become a two division champion at UFC 205, but according to Dana White, he won’t be one for very long.
As you likely know, McGregor is scheduled to fight lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez at the November 12th, New York City event. McGregor continues to hold the featherweight title, which he took from Jose Aldo last December, when he knocked the star out in just 13 seconds.
Understandably, people have been wondering what the promotion’s plans are for “Notorious” if he defeats Alvarez. The UFC has never had a fighter hold two belts at the same time, and in the past, the promotion has said they wouldn’t allow it. Well, during the latest “UFC Tonight“, White reported the following, while discussing what the UFC will do if McGregor defeats Alvarez (quote via FOX Sports 1 press release):
“He’ll fight. If he wins, he’ll hold two belts, and then he’ll decide which one he wants to give back to me. You can’t tie up two divisions.”
Now, if you’re thinking you’ll believe it when you see it, no one could blame you. After all, White did say McGregor would be forced to vacate the 145 title if he didn’t defend it next, and that didn’t occur. Further, considering McGregor has said he plans to defend both belts, and because the star clearly has a ton of influence on the promotion, it will be interesting to see if this in fact happens.
Of course, Mr. Alvarez could make all this speculation and talk pointless on November 12th….