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McGregor still likes idea of dual-champ: ‘Why not defend them both?’

Conor McGregor reacts as he is announced the winner following his welterweight mixed martial arts bout against Nate Diaz at UFC 202 on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
(AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Despite what UFC President Dana White says, Conor McGregor is not ready to give up on the idea of being a reigning champion for two different weight classes.

At UFC 205, McGregor gets the opportunity to be the first UFC fight to hold title in two separate weight classes simultaneously. As the reigning featherweight champion, McGregor will challenge lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez in the main event.

White has gone on record saying that McGregor will have to vacate one of the titles in the event that he defeats Alvarez that night, and which one is up to him. And while McGregor has said before that he would be willing to vacate after he got to enjoy his history-making accomplishment, he still holds onto the notion of trying to hold both.

“Vacate? I don’t know,” McGregor said during the UFC 205 media call (transcription via MMAjunkie). “We’ll see about that. Why not defend them both?”

McGregor says he is afforded different privileges than other fighters on the UFC roster, and that he has a say in all this unlike the rest of the roster.

“Everyone does what they’re (expletive) told – except me, because I run the prelims,” McGregor said. “Nobody has no say in this but me. Everyone else does what they’re told, and rightfully (expletive) so.”

McGregor has also teased a big announcement once UFC 205 is over, and, while he has not revealed any information, rumors have surfaced that McGregor insists are nothing but.

“Don’t be listening to people like that,” McGregor said. “Just sit tight. Nobody knows. In reality, nobody knows.

“There’s a lot of avenues I can take. There are a lot of paths I can go down, but I must focus on this – two UFC world titles consecutively. And then we’ll see what path presents itself at the final hurdle.”

Unsurprisingly, McGregor is sure he is going to make UFC history on Nov. 12.

“It hasn’t been done before,” McGregor said. “It’s never been even close to a reality in the game, and to do it on a stage like this, this will be one of my shining moments.”

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