McGregor: ‘I Ain’t Stripped’
Recently, UFC President Dana White emphasized in an interview that it was Conor McGregor’s decision to relinquish the UFC featherweight championship. This was done after McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, criticized how the UFC handled their UFC 206 situation — which led to this matter – and that McGregor was stripped.
Now, it seems "The Notorious" is backing up his coach’s claims. ESPN reports that TMZ cameras caught McGregor in northern Ireland, and he said that he still has possession of the UFC featherweight title.
"[The UFC] is trying to strip me, well, I ain’t stripped," McGregor said. "I still got that belt. That belt’s still at my home right now. I’m still the two-weight world champion. Someone’s got to come take that off me.
"I see articles and stuff online, but I don’t see that belt not in my presence. The belt is right there. I’ve got two world titles in my home."
Officially, the UFC recognizes Jose Aldo as the official undisputed champion — a move made after McGregor’s supposed relinquishment of the title he defeated Aldo for in 13 seconds at UFC 194. This would allow for an interim featherweight title bout between Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis to headline UFC 206, a decision made after light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier pulled out from the event; Cormier was expected to defend against Anthony Johnson. No deal for a replacement opponent for Johnson to allow an interim light heavyweight title bout could come to fruition.
"Eddie’s still unconscious," McGregor said. "What do you mean? I only fought last week. Them belts are mine. Whatever they want to say, ‘We took the belt, now it’s this guy’s belt,’ you can play with those fake belts all you want.
"I’ll say to the UFC, and I love the company, but you’re fooling nobody. Best of luck to them, but I still got those belts. Someone has to take those belts off me physically, not online. Not through a keyboard. The keyboard warriors are trying to take belts, you’ve got to take those belts physically."
McGregor is on hiatus from the UFC as he is expecting the birth of his first child. He also recently received a professional boxing license from the state of California.
Keep with Fight Sports as this story develops.