UFC 205: Conor McGregor’s Coach Says Fighter Has “Never Said to Me” he Plans to Vacate Belt
By FCF Staff
If Conor McGregor becomes a two division champion on Saturday at UFC 205, it looks like the Irish star could be headed for a stand-off with the UFC.
The featherweight champion will challenge lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez at the New York City event. Leading up to the fight, UFC President Dana White has said that McGregor will beed to vacate one of the titles, if he defeats Alvarez. That stance came, however, after the McGregor was booked to face Alvarez without vacating the 145 title. White initially said that McGregor would need to fight interim 145 champ Jose Aldo next, or give up the title.
During a recent media call, McGregor wouldn’t commit to vacating one of the titles. More recently, his head coach John Kavanagh said this on “The MMA Hour” (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I have not heard a hint of him giving up the belt,” Kavanagh said. “He has never said to me, ‘Oh, I’m gonna hand back the 45 or the 55.’ Any time I’ve heard him talk about it, he’s been very clear, very loud, very vocal about saying he fights very often. Look how close he is from fighting, literally just a couple of months ago. It’s not unusual for a champion to defend the belt once a year or twice a year.”
Kavanagh also reportedly relayed that he believes McGregor could cut to 145 easier than before, now that he’s working with nutritionist George Lockhart.