Conor McGregor has made some bold claims if he can dethrone Eddie Alvarez as the lightweight champion at UFC 205 in Madison Square Garden.
Notorious heads into New York as the reigning featherweight champion and has the opportunity to make history, becoming the first fighter to hold two world titles in different weight divisions as an active fighter.
HOLDING UP THE DIVISION
When the announcement was first made, president Dana White tried to ease the worry of fans that didn’t want McGregor holding two titles, mainly because he’s yet to make a defence of the crown he snatched from Jose Aldo in 13 seconds last year.
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The fans don’t want a similar situation in two divisions, which is why White claimed if McGregor can overcome Alvarez, he’ll have to vacate one title.
As we know, McGregor has other ideas as he claimed the UFC will need an army to take a belt away from him.
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In an appearance on Speak For Yourself, Dana White has reassured fans that it won’t be the case.
He said: “We will get one of those belts, I promise you we’ll get one of those belts. You can’t tie up two divisions. You can’t do it. I’m giving him this opportunity.
"Conor McGregor is a does what he says kind of guy. He has always stepped up, taken big fights, even when a fight might not even make sense, he steps up, and he does it.
“That's why he's so popular, that's why people love him, and when he goes in, he fights. That's why I'm giving him this opportunity, but I love him, but he's got to give one of those belts back."
A specific timeframe hasn’t been provided as to how long McGregor will have to make up his mind, but based on what’s been brewing in both divisions over the last few months, the decision may have to be made soon.
Aldo wants McGregor, while Max Holloway just wants his shot at the championship.
Over in the lightweight picture, many believed Khabib Nurmagomedov was the rightful contender before McGregor was announced. The Russian takes on Tony Ferguson on the undercard, with the winner expected to face off against the champion in his next fight.
White added: “He’ll fight and if he wins, he’ll hold two belts, and then he’ll decide which one he’ll give back to me. No, you can’t hold them both. He’ll have accomplished this and then he’ll have to figure out which one he wants to give up.
“You can’t tie up two divisions for that long.”
While this is a battle that could go back and forth if McGregor remains firm in his stance, none of it will matter if Alvarez can keep hold of his belt.
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