Conor McGregor has said he was never asked about relinquishing the UFC’s featherweight title, and now the lightweight champ’s reporting he would have defended that belt in March…
Not long after McGregor took out Eddie Alvarez in November to secure the 155 belt, the UFC announced that the Irish star had “relinquished” the 145 title to focus on his lightweight championship. McGregor, however, said that he never even talked to the UFC about his plans for the belt.
Well, since then Max Holloway defeated Anthony Pettis to become the interim featherweight champ, and Jose Aldo was handed back the world title (he had been the interim champ). As a result, Holloway and Aldo are expected to fight next.
But, at McGregor’s fan / media event this past weekend in Manchester, the outspoken fighter said this about the 145 title (quote via MMA Fighting):
“All they had to do was ask. If they had actually came to me and said, ‘Conor, I know you’re prepared to have a baby, I know you’re chilling. If you want to fight for this featherweight belt in March,’ just a nice time, I would’ve went in and would’ve slapped Holloway or this guy he’s fighting, or Aldo, or whoever they wanted. No problem. All they had to do was ask. Instead, they created an interim belt. They gave back the unified belt to a guy I KO’d in 13 seconds. A guy I dominated is now the interim title (holder).”
Sure, one could argue that McGregor is just saying this after the fact, since he never expressed an interest in facing Holloway or Aldo again. But, who knows? Maybe he would have agreed to the match-up if the UFC said he had to take the fight, or be stripped of the featherweight title?
Prior to UFC 205, and McGregor – Alvarez, Dana White said that McGregor would need to vacate a title if he indeed, won the lightweight championship.