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What’s next for Conor McGregor after making history at UFC 205?

Esther Lin via MMA Fighting

Conor McGregor did what he proclaimed he was going to do from day one, becoming the first man to hold two separate division titles at the same time by knocking out Eddie Alvarez in the main event of UFC 205 inside Madison Square Garden New York City.

See it again here.

It’s a feat that likely won’t be repeated for quite some time, if ever, as no one in the history of the promotion has ever had the pull within the company like "Notorious" has to even earn the opportunity to attempt it.

That’s because since Conor brings home the bacon, the promotion lets him write his own ticket, which has left a bad taste in many title contender’s mouth, as they’ve had to wait around to see what the Irishman will do next; leaving them in limbo in the process.

And you can bet his power will only increase now that he’s made history. And should the WME-IMG owned-promotion grant him his request and allow him to buy some stake within the company, then "All hail King Conor" will be echoed all over the mixed martial arts (MMA) world.

That said, with one belt over each shoulder, Conor has the MMA world in the palm of his hands and unlimited options at his disposal. The logical step would be for Conor to defend the 155-pound strap if he is indeed forced to vacate his 145-pound belt.

While he could easily give up the lightweight belt and keep his featherweight strap, it seems fighting at 155 pounds would be more appropriate for the Irish slugger, as he would forego a tough weight cut while keeping strength and size.

Khabib Nurmagomedov seems to be the top contender in the division, but McGregor isn’t too keen one giving the "consistent pull-out merchant" a shot until he proves he can stay healthy.

Plus, there is always a chance the promotion books a trilogy bout against Nate Diaz since their first two fights broke the bank and did big numbers all around.

At the end of the day, however, Conor is determined to take sometime off, enjoy the fruits of his labor, welcome his first child with his longtime girlfriend and relax after doing the unthinkable inside the Octagon while competing four times in less than a year.

Talk about a full plate.

Until then, the featherweight and lightweight division will have to fight among themselves because "Notorious" will likely be out of action for some time.

For complete UFC 205 results and coverage click here.

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