Conor McGregor has expressed willingness to give up one world title if he becomes the first UFC fighter to hold simultaneous belts.
The Irish sensation, who won the featherweight title last December against Jose Aldo, will next challenge for Eddie Alvarez’s lightweight prize in an attempt to create history at New York City’s UFC 205.
He has yet to defend his featherweight belt, after opting to twice fight Nate Diaz at welterweight instead, but could now relinquish that title if he is successful against Alvarez.
Let me do it and let me go back and look at some pictures of me with two belts, and let me embrace it for half-a-day.
“Let me see the pictures on publications with a belt on each shoulder first,” McGregor told Sports Illustrated. “Let me go onto the side of that Octagon and raise two world titles, never been done before, before talking about stripping me. Let me get the things, let me do it.
“I’ll always listen to the correct business move and I’ll always do what the correct move is, but let me do it and let me go back and look at some pictures of me with two belts, and let me embrace it for half-a-day.
“Everyone wants to see you do good, but not better than them. That’s what’s happening here. I’m just looking forward to raising the belts, and doing what has not been done before.
“Don’t be trying to take away the historic moment before I’ve even experienced it.”
McGregor’s beaten rival Aldo has recently threatened to quit the UFC in protest at the new champion not defending the featherweight belt, while lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov has voiced displeasure at being overlooked for a world title chance.
McGregor has little sympathy, saying: “Crying and moaning, tell me one time that’s good for progression. It’s not. Where would you be if I wasn’t here? Be grateful that you’re even in the conversation.
“Keep your head down, keep working, stay focused, stay positive, that’s the way to go forward. Not crying, moaning, complaining. I can’t engage in that. I wish them well, but I’m on something different here.”
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