We hadn’t heard much from Conor McGregor, since the UFC announced he had “relinquished” the featherweight title, but now the Irish star is speaking out about what’s gone down.
Last weekend the UFC announced that McGregor has decided to focus on his lightweight title, and that he’s decided to vacate the 145 belt. As a result, Jose Aldo is once again the undisputed featherweight champion, and Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis will battle for the interim belt on December 10th.
At the time, it was reported that McGregor hadn’t in fact agreed to relinquish the featherweight title, and based off recent comments he’s made, that certainly appears to be the case. The lightweight champ recently did a Q&A at the The Devenish bar in Belfast, Ireland, and while doing so, McGregor said this (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“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…”
None of this should really come as a surprise. Prior to his title cinching win at UFC 205, McGregor never said he planned on vacating a title. Leading up to the event, Dana White said that McGregor would have to choose one belt that he intended to keep and defend.