While Conor McGregor is busy preparing to create history this week, he’s been forced to hear plenty of rumours as to why he’s competing in the lightweight division.
McGregor can become the first man to ever hold the two world titles at the same time, and standing in his way is Eddie Alvarez who makes his first defence of the gold since dethroning Rafael dos Anjos earlier this year.
The Irishman is yet to defend the featherweight crown since knocking out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds last year, and since then, he hasn’t fought at featherweight.
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Instead, he fought Nate Diaz twice and now takes on Alvarez.
However, Notorious has been heavily criticised for not putting his title on the line despite multiple claims that he runs the division.
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He’s finally hit back in a UFC 205 media conference call, and has revealed that he wouldn’t even be facing Alvarez for the gold if a certain result went a different way at UFC 200.
Due to McGregor’s experiments outside of the featherweight division, Aldo defeated Frankie Edgar for the interim title, and now McGregor has claimed that if Edgar got past Aldo in that fight, the UFC 205 main event would have featured him and The Answer battling for the title.
NOTORIOUS VS. THE ANSWER
He said: “Frankie wasn’t good enough or he should have been here.
“He wasn’t good enough to cut it. Frankie’s not good enough. Frankie’s just not good enough, I’m afraid.
“He just can’t cut it, but maybe I might choose him next. I might destroy you; hopefully, he gets through this other guy, then I might pick him next. But this should have been me and Frankie, we all know that.
“He just wasn’t good enough to do what I did in 13 seconds. He had 50 minutes to do what I done in 13 seconds, and he couldn’t do it.
“So here I am, and there he is on the prelims.”
There’s a long list of legitimate contenders in both weight divisions.
Max Holloway wants his shot at the featherweight crowd, while Khabib Nurmagomedov has been vocal about battling for the lightweight title and Tony Ferguson seems to be the frontrunner for that right now.
McGregor has also suggested he may not vacate a title if he can get past Alvarez in Madison Square Garden, so a featherweight defence against Edgar could be the best decision to go with, that’s if he can get past Jeremy Stephens on the same night.
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