Whatever Conor McGregor wants, Conor McGregor gets. I mean, he is “running the game” and all…
When UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor decided to jump to the lightweight division and challenge champ Rafael Dos Anjos for his belt at UFC 196, McGregor was trying his best to sell the scrap as a “superfight,” or a “champion vs. champion” bout at the very least.
However, in UFC 196’s original poster (UFC 197 at the time), Dos Anjos’ lightweight title was the only one on display because the tango was for his belt. McGregor was irked his strap wasn’t also featured on the ad considering he owns his own gold, even if it own’t be on the line March 5.
“That’s what I just noticed. Where is my damn belt?”, McGregor asked at last month’s UFC 196 pre-fight press conference. “This is a superfight. I look up at that poster, I see myself tucked in the back there. I see a guy whose last gate was $1.7 million. [Dos Anjos] fought on free TV.
He’s never brought a dime to the company. He’s never made a dime, yet he is sitting there on the front of my poster.”
UFC president Dana White heard McGregor’s compaint loud and clear. Fast forward 13 days and the UFC 196 billboard has been revamped, much to McGregor’s delight.
“Conor made his argument, ‘This is a superfight. I’m a -pound champion. He’s the -pound champion. My belt should be represented even though I’m not defending my belt.'” White stated on the Grant and Danny Show on 106.7 The Fan. “And I said, ‘You know what? You’re right, Conor. All right, we’ll do it.”
When then-welterweight king Georges St-Pierre defended his hardware against then-lightweight champ BJ Penn at UFC 94, both title holders’ belts were on display on the poster. So it’s only fair that McGregor got his way here.
Oh, and let’s forget Holly Holm’s bantamweight strap is also showcased since she’s putting it up for grabs against Miehsa Tate in the show’s co-main event.
UFC 196 goes down inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Here is the card’s current roster:
Diego Sanchez vs. Jim Miller
Miesha Tate vs. Holly Holm (UFC bantamweight champion)
Conor McGregor vs. Rafael Dos Anjos (UFC lightweight champion)