It’s been nearly two years since Conor McGregor fought at 145 pounds, but the Irish star still believes he sits atop the featherweight division.
McGregor ended the storied reign of Jose Aldo in December, 2015, and won the 145 crown, by knocking the latter out in just 13 seconds. But, after that, McGregor proceeded to fight Nate Diaz in back-to-back welterweight fights, before stopping Eddie Alvarez last November to become the lightweight champ. After McGregor’s historic win, the UFC announced he was ‘relinquishing’ the featherweight title, but the Irish star has repeatedly said he never did so.
Well, McGregor held a media call on Wednesday in advance of his August 26th, boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. While discussing his future in MMA, however, McGregor reportedly said this (quote via MMA Fighting):
“I mean, how can I not consider myself the UFC featherweight world champion and the UFC lightweight world champion?” McGregor said. “The current UFC featherweight world champion is Max Holloway, a man who I dismantled, and the former was Jose Aldo. I still reign supreme over that division. And then also, the 155-pound division, I know there’s talks of an interim belt — I’d only won that belt, and literally a month later there was an interim scheduled.
“But it is what it is, everyone knows I am the multiple-weight world champion of the UFC’s featherweight division and lightweight division, and I look forward to going back and continuing where I left off.”
McGregor and Holloway battled back in 2013, and the latter lost the fight via decision. McGregor trashed his knee during the bout, however, and didn’t fight for almost a year. Since that bout, Mr. Holloway has won 11 straight fights, and most recently, he took out Aldo.
Now, McGregor may consider himself as the featherweight champ, but the consensus is that we won’t see him fighting at that weight again. Not only because of what he goes through to make 145, but because he’s the lightweight champ, and has yet to defend that title.