Conor McGregor’s days as the UFC’s reigning double champion are over…
In the words of McGregor himself, “I’m going to wrap one [belt] on one shoulder and I’m going to wrap the other [belt] on the other shoulder and they’re going to need a fuckin’ army to come take them belts off me.”
‘The Notorious’ made history this month when he captured the lightweight belt by beating Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 via second-round stoppage.
Record Broken, Title Stripped
McGregor become the first fighter in UFC history to hold two different division titles at the same time.
Despite being the first-ever double champion of the UFC, head honcho Dana White was not welcoming of McGregor’s plans with open arms as he urges McGregor to keep one title and vacate the other.
By competing at 145 pounds again, McGregor would have to lock horns with interim titleholder Jose Aldo, which the Irish champion dismissed on several occasions as he deems no point in fighting the Brazilian once more.
— Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) November 27, 2016
Meanwhile, according to his peers in his fight camp, McGregor plans to stay as a lightweight. His team believes that it is the right bracket for him because he does not need to drain himself to meet the featherweight limit of 145 pounds.
You can read the official UFC statement below:
“UFC announced on Saturday that world lightweight champion Conor McGregor has vacated his featherweight title and opted to keep the 155-pound title he won by defeating Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 on Nov. 12,”
“Interim featherweight title holder Jose Aldo has now been elevated to undisputed champion, and following these developments, the interim UFC featherweight title will be on the line on Saturday, Dec. 10, as Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis battle for championship gold in the new main event of UFC 206,”
“The winner of the five-round bout, which will be held at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, will face Aldo in 2017 for the unified belt.”