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Conor McGregor Talks Motivation Behind Becoming Two-Division Champion

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 18: UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor arrives at an open workout for UFC 202 at Rocks Lounge at the Red Rock Casino on August 18, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor is scheduled to fight Nate Diaz in a welterweight rematch at UFC 202 on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Needless to say, Conor McGregor’s UFC debut at lightweight is a long time coming, but instead of dipping his feet like his journey through the featherweight division, the 28-year-old is jumping in head first.

In little over a week at UFC 205, McGregor will step inside the octagon with lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and attempt to become the first fighter in the promotion’s history to hold two division titles simultaneously.

Speaking in an interview with TheMacLife recently, McGregor made clear his intentions to have the same impact at lightweight that he did when he debuted at 145-pounds, while also coming good on a prediction he made some time ago.

“I’m going to go out and show them,” McGregor said. “I’m going to go out and show them all that’s my division also.

I’m going to be a two weight world champion, how many years have I been saying that? Now I’m gonna go ahead and do it. Take out the featherweights, take out the lightweights, and here I am now showcasing at 155-pounds.”

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 18:  UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor poses during an open workout for UFC 202 at Rocks Lounge at the Red Rock Casino on August 18, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor is scheduled to fight Nate Diaz in a welterweight rematch at UFC 202 on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Before making strides in the UFC, McGregor was a two weight champion in European-based Cage Warriors, holding both the featherweight and lightweight title before vacating them for a shot at the big time.

While many deemed McGregor’s acceptance to his early UFC fame as arrogance, the Irishman simply saw opportunities to motivate himself forward.

One such instance surrounds the now famous image of McGregor holding two titles aloft, a photo opportunity taken prior to his fight with Dennis Siver at UFC Fight Night 59.

At the time, McGregor wasn’t champion, but in his head he already was.

“It is for real, I see it as for real, I always did,

“Look way back when I KO’d [Dustin] Poirier. I went backstage, someone had a belt and I wrapped the belt [over my shoulder] and I took a picture.

“I was in that ivory suit, I had the picture of the belt, I didn’t have no belt at the time, but that was my picture. I looked at it everyday, and that was reality to me. I believed in it, I pushed it and then it became reality.

“At the same time in that open workout for Dennis Siver in Boston, there were two belts there, I grabbed both of them and then I took a picture and again: that’s been my reality. I’ve seen it all as real.”

15 January 2015; Conor McGregor holds two UFC title belts during an open workout session ahead of his fight against Dennis Siver in TD Garden, Boston, on Sunday. UFC Fight Night Open Workouts, UFC Gym, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE (Photo by Sportsfile/Corbis via Getty Images)

If McGregor ends the night with his hand raised, UFC president Dana White has made clear that the Dubliner will not hold either division ransom and will need to vacate one of the belts.

Two other titles will be on the line at the event, with welterweight champion Tyron Woodley facing Stephen Thompson, and women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk locking horns with Karolina Kowalkiewicz.

UFC 205 takes place on November 12th at Madison Square Garden arena in New York.

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