Although the event hasn’t even taken place yet, a lot has been made about Conor McGregor creating history at UFC 205 when he takes on Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight championship.
A win means the Irishman is the first man to ever held two world titles in two different weight divisions, and not everyone seems to be a fan of the idea.
VACATING A TITLE
He’s received a lot of criticism because of the fact that he hasn’t defended his featherweight title yet, one which he captured in 13 seconds last year when he dethroned Jose Aldo.
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UFC President Dana White has reiterated on numerous occasions that should Notorious defeat Alvarez; he will have to give one belt up.
Despite multiple disagreements, McGregor eventually revealed that he'd only give up one belt after he sees himself with one title on each shoulder.
However, it seems like he’s backtracking on that statement based on comments he made during a media call, and he’s willing to defend both titles, should he leave New York City with a second.
He said: “Vacate? I don’t know. We’ll see about that. Why not defend them both?
“Everyone always looks ahead, talking about, ‘vacate the belt. Let’s talk Vegas.’ Let’s enjoy this moment right now, because it took so long to get here. So many hours went into getting the UFC into New York, and now here we are.
“Now here we are with a potential two-weight world champion. These are all historic moments and everybody is talking about after. ‘We’ve got to take that belt off him. We’ve got to get back to Vegas.’
“Let’s just enjoy this historic moment for what it is. I’m looking to enjoy the whole experience, and I’m very confident in my preparation and the opponent that I’m facing.”
COMPETING IN TWO WEIGHT CLASSES
While multiple fighters are becoming impatient with what’s going on in the organisation, McGregor is confident that he can still compete in both weight classes.
Khabib Nurmagomedov was certain the UFC would pick him as Alvarez’s first challenger, while Max Holloway and Jose Aldo want the featherweight crown.
McGregor went on to add that the company can book him in any fight, in either division, and he’d be prepared for the challenges.
He added: “Wherever I choose to go, I’m prepared to go there. I feel great at this weight.
“I’m a lot leaner. I’m still eating a hell of a lot of food…I think it’s crazy the way they say I can’t get to featherweight no more.
"All these crazy things, like I ain’t the undisputed champion. Like I ain’t gone and taken out the whole division. It’s only December of last year that was. That’s not even a year ago.
“Then they’re talking about stripping, vacating. What did I just go and do there? Did I not go and take out the division? Am I not the champion there?
“Whatever I sign and fight, you best believe I’m gonna show up and be prepared. [At] 145 I’m the world champion. I’m damn good at 145 and I’m even better at 155. So wherever.”
It’s certainly an interesting situation to be in, as it could definitely create a lot more buzz in regards to potential title fights in the future.
The only major downside to this is that other fighters will continue to get unsettled with McGregor holding up two divisions, especially since they’ll have to accommodate McGregor before anyone else if he does hold two championship titles.
All of this will be futile if Alvarez stuns everyone and retains his crown, but if he can’t, then White could have another battle on his hands by trying to get a title from McGregor.
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