A new rivalry between Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and now multi-division title holder, Conor McGregor, seemed to be budding during this week in New York City after the two had a couple of confrontations in "The Empire State."
So when company president Dana White asked "The Chosen One" to loan him his belt for a hot minute in order to present a second title to Conor inside the Octagon after disposing of Eddie Alvarez in the main event (see it again here), Woodley put his bitterness toward Conor aside to oblige.
Though he wasn’t exactly thrilled.
"I’m a professional at the end of the day, " he told MMA Junkie when asked to comment on Dana’s request. "To be honest, if you want to get to me, you can get to me."
Short, sweet and to the point.
White did eventually give Woodley his hardware back. As for Conor, when informed that it was Woodley of all people that lent him his strap, his response was nothing short of what you would expect.
"Maybe that’s a sign of things to come," he proclaimed during the post-fight presser (video replay here).
Of course, McGregor once declared that he’d be aiming to win the 170-pound strap after he accomplished his goal of adding the 155-pound title to his mantle. And after accomplishing that feat, it seems there’s nothing the promotion won’t allow the Irishman to try.
That said, it won’t likely be a while before Conor steps back into the cage be it for a title defense or an attempt to claim the welterweight strap, as he has plans to take some time off to take care of his growing family. Plus, he needs to talk to the new UFC owners about potentially getting a piece of the company pie before he puts on his fighting gloves again.
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