Sunday 25 February 2018

'Someone's got to come and take them off me physically': McGregor denies giving up his belt

Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Eddie Alvarez
Conor McGregor celebrates after defeating Eddie Alvarez
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The story over Conor McGregor and his two UFC title belts took another twist last night as the fighter maintained that he was still in possession of both of them.

Last weekend the UFC announced that the Dubliner had 'relinquished' his featherweight crown, ending his brief run as the first simultaneous two weight world champion in the organisation's history.

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McGregor's coach John Kavanagh called the UFC's decision 'ridiculous' and speaking at an event in Belfast last night, McGregor appeared to echo those sentiments.

"I'll say to the UFC, and I love the company, you're fooling nobody," he said.

"I've still got them belts. Someone's got to come and take them off me physically. Not online. Not through a keyboard. The keyboard warriors are not going to take those belts."

McGregor is set to take a break from the Octagon for the next few months as he awaits the arrival of his first child with partner Dee Devlin, but even if he doesn't book another fight, this is unlikely to be the last we've heard of the belt controversy.

UFC President Dana White has said that the reason McGregor had to vacate his title was because the organisation didn't want two weight divisions impacted by McGregor taking a break from the sport.

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