There’s been plenty of speculation as to whether the UFC and Conor McGregor could be headed for a showdown, if the latter wins the lightweight title, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to be the case.
McGregor will face lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, November 12th, and if he defeats the American, the Irish star will be the 155 and 145 champ. But, UFC President Dana White has said that McGregor will need to vacate a title, and previously, the fighter said they would need to send an “army” to get one back.
Well, in a more recent interview with SI.com, McGregor reportedly said he will vacate one of the titles, but with the following condition:
“Let me see the pictures on publications with a belt on each shoulder first,” McGregor said. “Let me go onto the side of that Octagon and raise two world titles, what’s never been done before, before talking about stripping me. Let me get the f—— things, let me do it.
“I’ll always listen to the correct business move and I’ll always do what is the correct move,” the featherweight champadded, “but let me do it and let me go back and look at some pictures of me with two belts and let me embrace it for half-a-day.”
There you go. Now the debate can begin as to what title McGregor will retain, if in fact, he defeats Alvarez. One would think it will almost certainly be the 155 belt, as it’s no picnic for McGregor to make 145. You also have to wonder if this revelation will have any impact on Jose Aldo’s current stance that he’s done fighting.
UFC 205 will be hosted by Madison Square Garden in New York City.