After winning the UFC lightweight title, Conor McGregor enjoyed just two weeks of holding two belts. Already the owner of the 145-pound belt from UFC 194, McGregor’s record-breaking reign as two-weight champ would be cut short.

Complaints from contenders at the top of both divisions, and a change around at UFC 206 forced the promotion to strip McGregor. The Irishman gave up the featherweight title, but remained atop the 155-pound division.

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Back To One Belt

After such a crazy year in MMA, McGregor understandably needed some time off. Looking to take care of his personal business, maybe his announced six-month break added to the pressure to take the featherweight belt.

Jose Aldo was promoted to full champion, although he still wants a rematch against McGregor. Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis fight for the interim belt. Making this entire situation just a little more confusing is McGregor’s first interview since losing the title.

Transcript and video below:


McGregor Says He Wasn’t Stripped

“I also have something going on with the UFC, they’re trying to strip me and I was like, ‘Well, I ain’t stripped. I still got that belt, that belt is still at home right now’,” McGregor said. “I’m still the two-way world champion, someone has to come take that from me. I see articles, I see stuff online, but I don’t see the belt not in my presence. The belt is right there, there’s two world titles at my home.

“Eddie [Alvarez] is still unconscious, what do you mean? I only fought last week. Them belts are mine. Whatever they want to say, and they can say, ‘Oh we took the belt and now it’s this guy’s belt,’ you can play with those fake belts all you want. Jose was KO’ed, Eddie was KO’ed, you’re looking at the two-weight world champion and that’s it. I’ll say to the UFC, and I love their company, you’re fooling nobody, you’re fooling nobody with that.”

“But best of luck to them, I still got them belts. Someone’s got to come take those belts from me, physically. Not online, not through a keyboard. The keyboard warriors trying to take them belts away from me, [but] you got to take them belts off me physically if you want to come get them.”

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