UFC 205 is just around the corner and tonight the main event’s two protagonists, Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez, took part in a media conference call which, as usual, saw a healthy dose of insults, classic one-liners and dramatic revelations.
For Conor McGregor, this is just another day in the life of the biggest star of the UFC. Equally at home both in the octagon and front of the cameras, or on the phone in this case, the Irishman traded barbs with Eddie Alvarez, the UFC lightweight champion and McGregor’s opponent on November 12th and gave fans a another memorable set of sound bites.
The biggest piece of news fans learned tonight was that it would appear that retirement or a prolonged break from the sport is not what the featherweight has in mind for his ‘left field’ announcement following his clash with Alvarez.
Instead, what we have learned is that ‘when’ he becomes the simultaneous featherweight and lightweight champion, the ‘Notorious’ one is far less willing to vacate either belt than what was originally expected.
Previously, UFC president Dana White had insisted that should the Dubliner make UFC history on November 12th, he will quickly have to decide which of the two titles he will vacate.
Now, according to the man himself, defending two titles is not only possible, but something he is keen to do.
“Vacate? I don’t know. We’ll see about that. Why not defend them both?”
This statement will likely not go down well with White or either of the featherweight and lightweight divisions’ top contenders.
Having already kept the 145lb division on hold for the entirety of 2016, McGregor is apparently keen to rule over two weight classes in 2017. This would likely see title fights at both weight classes become that bit less frequent, something fans and Dana White will likely not be willing to entertain.
For now, McGregor is the featherweight king. To secure the lightweight strap he must negotiate the hard headed Alvarez, something that in some 32 fights, only four have succeeded in doing.
It is therefore a slightly ridiculous conversation to have at this time. Only if or when McGregor comes away as a two weight champion will we see the real decisions be made about the future of the two highly stacked divisions.
What do you think? Will he vacate, be pushed, or rule over both classes?
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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