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McGregor will vacate title after UFC 205 but wants to enjoy it first

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor speaks during a news conference for UFC 205, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, in New York. McGregor will challenge lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight belt on Nov. 12 in what will be the first UFC card to be held in New York after the state legislature legalized the sport earlier this year. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Conor McGregor has the rare opportunity to become the first UFC fighter to hold titles in two different weight classes simultaneously. UFC President Dana White said he has to vacate one of them if successful, but McGregor just has one request in that event.

“Let me see the pictures on publications with a belt on each shoulder first,” McGregor told Sports Illustrated. “Let me go onto the side of that Octagon and raise two world titles, what’s never been done before, before talking about stripping me. Let me get the f—— things, let me do it.

“I’ll always listen to the correct business move and I’ll always do what is the correct move, but let me do it and let me go back and look at some pictures of me with two belts and let me embrace it for half-a-day.”

The only fighter to ever have the chance prior is B.J. Penn when, as the reigning lightweight champion, he challenged welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 94. Penn was unsuccessful in a one-sided bout, giving McGregor the chance to make history.

“It’s the media that’s making this,” he said. “Let me look at the historic images we’re going to get on this night, me with these two belts. That’s what everyone should be excited about, this is history.

“Everyone wants to see you do good, but not better than them. That’s what’s happening here. I’m just looking forward to raising the belts, and doing what has not been done before.

“Don’t be trying to take away the historic moment before I’ve even experienced it.”

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