Dana White has repeatedly said Conor McGregor will not be defending two titles, if he defeats Eddie Alvarez, but yet again, the star’s stopped short of saying he’ll vacate a belt.
Before the UFC announced that McGregor will face the lightweight champ on November 12th, White said the Irish fighter would need to defend the featherweight title next. But, the promotion didn’t strip McGregor of the 145 title after booking him for UFC 205. White has reported, however, that if McGregor secures the lightweight title he’ll have to vacate one of the belts.
“Vacate? I don’t know,” McGregor said. “We’ll see about that. Why not defend them both?”
And really, based off what’s unfolded in recent months, would it be that surprising if the UFC allowed McGregor to defend two belts moving forward?
McGregor did say he has big plans for the future, but stopped short of detailing what he meant. He also reported he has yet to talk to the new UFC ownership group.
“There’s a lot of avenues I can take. There are a lot of paths I can go down, but I must focus on this – two UFC world titles consecutively. And then we’ll see what path presents itself at the final hurdle.”
First things first, however, as McGregor needs to get through the rugged Alvarez, who has heavy hands and a notable wrestling game to go with it.