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Kevin Lee: “We All Know” Conor McGregor’s a “Paper Champion”

Kelsey Mowatt

UFC 216

Recently Conor McGregor made the case he remains a two division champion, but according to Kevin Lee, the Irish star’s a “paper champ”.

A few days ago, McGregor argued that he’s still the UFC’s featherweight champion, since no one defeated him to take the title (the UFC forced McGregor to ‘relinquish’ the 145 belt, after he won the lightweight championship last November, by stopping Eddie Alvarez).

Lee, meanwhile, is going to fight Tony Ferguson for an interim, 155 belt on October 7th, at UFC 216. The reason that fight’s been booked, is because McGregor has yet to defend the lightweight crown, and, he’s going to box Floyd Mayweather this Saturday.

Recently Lee was a guest on the UFC’s “Unfiltered” podcast, and the rising fighter had this to say about McGregor’s championship status (quote via MMA Mania):

“Conor’s a paper champion, we all know that. He’s got one fight at 155 and he walks around calling himself the champion. It doesn’t make any sense,” said Lee.

“Tony Ferguson, he’s got 12 fights and I got 10 at lightweight. He is down there at the baby boy division. He did his thing, he wrecked things there, but, it’s a different type of ball game up here.”

Lee’s not the only person who’s taken shots at McGregor’s reign. On the other hand, others have asked why the UFC’s even putting up an interim title, since it hasn’t been a year yet since McGregor won the title. Further, the latter has said that he wants to return to the Octagon before the year is out

While it remains to be seen if that happens, “The Motown Phenom” believes McGregor is going to be back in the cage:

“I think the competitor in McGregor is going to get up for it because he is coming off these, fighting an old retired dude to fighting a hungry lion that is still out there and is going to be a world champion”.

Mayweather – McGregor will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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