On November 12, Conor McGregor can create history when he takes on Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight championship at Madison Square Garden.
The Irishman headlines UFC 205 in New York City with a stacked undercard that could make this event go down as one of the greatest of all time, and Notorious can leave as a two-weight world champion.
That feat has never been accomplished, and although it could be a momentous occasion for him, other fighters in the organisation aren’t huge fans of what’s going on.
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Since dethroning Jose Aldo in 13 seconds last year, McGregor has yet to defend that title and has been accused of holding up the division while he goes off on another conquest.
There’s fear that he’d do the same in the lightweight division, and president Dana White has tried to reassure fans that one championship will be vacated.
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Although McGregor said they’d need an army to take a title away from him, he seems to have backed down on his stance when speaking to Sports Illustrated.
McGregor has said all he wants is to see himself with two titles; then the UFC are free to take one away from him.
TWO WORLD TITLES
He said: “Let me see the pictures on publications with a belt on each shoulder first.
“Let me go onto the side of that Octagon and raise two world titles, what’s never been done before, before talking about stripping me. Let me get the f*****g things, let me do it.
“I’ll always listen to the correct business move, and I’ll always do what is the correct move, but let me do it and let me go back and look at some pictures of me with two belts and let me embrace it for half a day.
“Don’t be trying to take away the historic moment before I’ve even experienced it.”
Only Randy Couture and B.J. Penn have held two world titles in two different weight divisions in the UFC, but they didn’t hold the gold at the same time as their reigns were several years apart.
This is why this night could be huge for McGregor, as he’d be the first man to accomplish the feat as he’s still the featherweight champion, despite Aldo being the interim champion.
McGregor went on to add: “Everyone wants to see you do good, but not better than them, That’s what’s happening here. I’m just looking forward to raising the belt and doing what’s never been done before.”
All eyes now turn to UFC 205 where Alvarez has the chance to throw a spanner in the works and end McGregor’s dreams of creating history.
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