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Conor McGregor Denies Relinquishing UFC Featherweight Belt

Written by Tom Ngo
December 2nd, 2016
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The UFC may have stripped freshly minted UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor (pictured) of his featherweight title, but don’t tell Mystic Mac that. McGregor claims he’s still the UFC’s 145 and 155 pound king, until someone physically takes the belts away from him.

“[The UFC] is trying to strip me. Well, I ain’t stripped,” McGregor told TMZ during a video interview from his home in Ireland. “I still got that belt. That belt’s still at my home right now. I’m still the two-weight world champion. Someone’s got to come take that off me.

“I see articles and stuff online, but I don’t see that belt not in my presence. The belt is right there. I’ve got two world titles in my home.”

McGregor became the first fighter in UFC history to hold two different titles at the same time after plastering Eddie Alvarez earlier this month to capture the lightweight title. Prior to the bout, UFC president Dana White was adamant that McGregor would have to relinquish one of the belts if he was victorious.

McGregor, the UFC’s biggest superstar, scoffed at the notion of being stripped of a crown after making history. “They better bring an army to try and take one of my belts,” McGregor stated.

The UFC took the backdoor last week by announcing Anthony Pettis and Max Holloway would fight for the interim featherweight belt at UFC 206 after the show’s main event fell through. Then-interim featherweight champ Jose Aldo was automatically promoted to McGregor’s spot, leaving McGregor with only his lightweight gold – or so the UFC thinks.

“Eddie’s still unconscious,” McGregor said. “What do you mean? I only fought last week. Them belts are mine. Whatever they want to say, ‘We took the belt, now it’s this guy’s belt,’ you can play with those fake belts all you want.

“I’ll say to the UFC, and I love the company, but you’re fooling nobody. Best of luck to them, but I still got those belts. Someone has to take those belts off me physically, not online. Not through a keyboard. The keyboard warriors are trying to take belts, you’ve got to take those belts physically.”

For whatever it’s worth (absolutely NOTHING), UFC president Dana White told Yahoo! Sports this week that it was McGregor’s idea to relinquish the featherweight belt that he never defended after knocking out Aldo in 13 seconds to capture the crown last December.

“Do you think I just did this? This was Conor’s decision,” White said.

So, as McGregor, and pretty much everyone else in the MMA world sees it, Aldo is the featherweight paper champion and the victor of Pettis and Holloway is the division’s Post-It champ.

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