After Conor McGregor won the two belts at UFC 205 he said he would not let them go, and he is still holding true to that.
Conor McGregor has not relinquished that Featherweight belt at this time. The two weight champ was recently awarded the RTE Sports Person of the year and spoke in an interview at the time. He expressed his disappointment in the way the UFC handled the removal of the belt and that he still considers himself the two division champion.
During this interview with Ireland RTE, Conor said “”All I know is they’re trying to type onto a keyboard and say, we’re taking this belt, we’re taking that belt, we’re doing this, we’re doing that, you ain’t doing nothing without contacting me first.”
McGregor was forced to vacate his Featherweight belt following a situation with the main event of UFC 206. When the Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier was forced to withdraw from his main event bout with Anthony Johnson, the UFC was in need of a suitable replacement. This is when they removed the title from McGregor and gave it to Jose Aldo, then made the UFC 206 fight between Anthony Pettis and Max Holloway for the Interim title.
McGregor went on the say “I’m weighing up my options. But again, I expect that conversation. I expect them to fly that jet to me. Ari, Patrick, the new owners from WME-IMG, the guys that bought the UFC for $4 billion, I want to speak to them. I want to see what their plan is. Because right now I don’t know what nobody’s plan is.”
“I’m still the two-weight world champion,” McGregor said. “Make no mistake about that. They can say what they want, they can try and get phony belts and hand them out to people I’ve already destroyed. I mean, the current champion is a guy I KO’d in 13 seconds. The current interim champion is a guy I destroyed as well. Officially, I don’t care what nobody says. I am the two-weight world champion and that is that.”
There is still no word on when McGrefor will return to fighting. He had express that he would be taking time away until after the birth of his first child.