Rumours have been swirling around the fighting world now for weeks about Conor McGregor's potential fight with the undisputed boxing legend that is Floyd Mayweather, with the two fighters adding fuel to the fire each day.
But the Irishman has a day job and a real contract with the UFC, instead of something that still looks months away from being confirmed, if it ever is and this is more than just some charade to drum up interest in the two.
However, it seems that McGregor completely doesn't care about one part of his job in the UFC - defending his Championship.
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Speaking in an interview with ESPN, 'The Notorious One' stated that he had pretty much zero intentions of defending his belt right now.
"I didn't see a challenge there anymore,” McGregor said about the UFC's featherweight division. “So, I wanted to create interest from a fan's perspective and my perspective."
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That interest wasn't created by McGregor. It was forced by the UFC after the Irishman decided that he wanted the Diaz rematch straight away rather than taking some time to defend the title he won from Jose Aldo at UFC 192 at least once.
So, in place of McGregor actually defending his belt, instead focusing all his attention onto the man who gave him his first defeat in the UFC, Dana White and co. have created an interim title.
The man who Conor defeated for the title, Aldo, will face Frankie Edgar for the interim title at UFC 200, the event that McGregor was supposed to be facing Diaz at in the rematch before he decided he didn't want to do any press conferences and interviews and was kicked off the card by White and Lorenzo Fertitta.
According to McGregor, though, the interim title fight is a good thing and something that will make the division more interesting to him and to the fans.
"I want to see them two go at it, with an interim belt on the line," he said."Then I will see people walking around my division with a belt and that will intrigue me. It will make me want that belt again."
McGregor went on to talk about a host of other things, including about how he truly believed he had Diaz beat and how the fight was so easy before he got gassed.
"The first eight minutes of the fight was easy," McGregor said. "Let's be honest, I slapped the head off him. Once the gas tank went, that was it. I drowned. He landed that one punch that rang the bell and went, '[Gasp] I'm back.' He was close to being done. One or two more shots and he would have been wrapped up.”
Diaz was bleeding, but McGregor wasn't smart about the fight. Nate is a tough guy with one of the best chins going. Going all out like that in the hopes of a quick KO was a poor choice and he paid for it. We will have to wait and see if he has learnt his lesson.
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