Conor McGregor Breaks Silence On Being Stripped Of UFC Featherweight Championship, Says ‘Still A Two-Weight World Champion, UFC Is Fooling Nobody With Those Fake Belts’

Conor McGregor immortalized his name in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) by being the first MMA fighter to win and simultaneously hold two UFC championships in two different weight divisions at the same time. However, “The Notorious” dropped one of his titles, the UFC Featherweight Championship, to then interim UFC Featherweight Champion, José Aldo.

According to a written article by Fox Sports 1, it reports the announcement of Conor McGregor dropping the UFC Featherweight Championship was made known during the broadcast of UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. Nogueira 2. The announcers at the venue reported that McGregor gave up the belt out of necessity as the UFC hustled to find a replacement to fight Anthony Johnson when his opponent, the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier, had to drop out of the fight after suffering an injury.

Conor McGregor Holding Both Titles

Sources close to Conor McGregor supposedly claim that his team was made aware that the UFC will most likely make such a move to help save the fight card after the original main event was scrapped. However, it seems that may not be the case as McGregor is now claiming he was stripped of the UFC Featherweight Championship.

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According to a written article by MMA Fighting, it reports that Conor McGregor made his views known during a Question and Answer session at the Devenish Bar in Belfast, Ireland. McGregor addressed the claims that UFC relinquished the UFC Featherweight Championship, saying the title is still sitting at his home.

“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.’ 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. José 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.”

In a follow-up written article by MMA Weekly, they report the view that MMA titles have credence to them if they are won inside of the cage, not just handed to them. Either it is the primary or interim titles, they are often decided in a fight. Even vacated titles are often contested between the interim title holder and the next in line according to a weight division’s fighter rankings.

Conor McGregor KO's Jose Aldo

Conor McGregor is willing to “give up” one or both of his titles if someone worthy enough is able to defeat him for it. This means McGregor will consider himself both the UFC Featherweight Champion and the UFC Lightweight Champion until someone takes one, the other, or both from him.

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

At this moment, Dana White has yet to respond to Conor McGregor’s words during his Q&A session. It is possible McGregor is building hype for a fight in which there is a sliver of possibility of a McGregor versus Diaz III fight, this time for the UFC Lightweight Championship.

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