Dana White has said that Conor McGregor needs to defend the 145 title or vacate it, and repeated that following UFC 202, but the latter isn’t buying it…
McGregor battled his way to a majority decision win over Nate Diaz on Saturday, in what was one of the year’s best scraps to date. After McGregor was submitted by Diaz in March, he campaigned hard for a rematch, and the promotion granted his wish. In the interim, the UFC also had Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo fight for an interim 145 belt in July, and the latter took that fight by decision.
Amidst endless speculation as to whether McGregor will make the drop to featherweight again, White has aid that McGregor will need to face Aldo, or he will be stripped of the belt. While discussing this issue after his UFC 202 win, however, McGregor said this (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“I don’t think they’re going to do that – I mean how can they do that?” McGregor said. “If they want to do that and want to give my belt to the guy I KO’d in 13 seconds and bury that division on the prelims or the Fight Pass stuff, cause that’s what they’re going to do, I mean, we’ll see. How can they do that? What would that do to the division if the guy I KO’d in 13 seconds is the unified champion?
“We got a lot to talk about and I’m in a beautiful, beautiful position right now…There’s a lot of stuff in the pipeline. (Expletive) is about to hit the fan here.”
So, it kind of sounds like we could be headed to some drama between the UFC and McGregor no? The Irish star KO’d Aldo last December to claim the 145 belt, and historically speaking, unless a champion has been injured, they’re expected to defend the title within this timeframe.
It will be interesting to see what comes next. McGregor called for a third fight with Diaz, but he also said he doubts the trilogy will come next. He also relayed he has options outside of MMA…Let the rumors fly.