Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight champion Conor McGregor is moving up in weight (again) to try to capture the 155-pound title from Eddie Alvarez in the UFC 205 pay-per-view (PPV) main event, set for Nov. 12, 2016 inside Madison Square Garden in New York City.
What happens if he wins?
McGregor will be forced to surrender one of his two titles, according to UFC President Dana White, who told ESPN that “Notorious” does not have the right to hold one division hostage while he’s busy in another.
That decision, it appears, was not unanimous.
"They're going to have to gather an army to try and take one of them off me, and that's out straight," McGregor said during the UFC 205 press conference last Tuesday (watch it). "One's going to be there, one's going to be there, and I'm going to be picking and choosing who I want to destroy next. And that's it."
He’s already picking and choosing.
The decision to retain the 145-pound title sounds like it has more to do with vanity than competition, as McGregor has already made it known that he’s in no hurry to move back down to featherweight, where a dejected Jose Aldo awaits.
As for his recent marching orders?
“We’ll figure that out when it happens,” White said in response, a far cry from the edict issued earlier in the week. I guess that’s why so many other fighters (like this one) insist the “C” in UFC stands for Conor.
In other words, business as usual.