UFC 205: Dana White Says Conor McGregor “Can’t Tie up Two Divisions”, Comments on Jose Aldo Situation
By FCF Staff
Conor McGregor has said he plans to defend two titles, if he defeats lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, but Dana White says differently.
McGregor will face Alvarez in the main event of the upcoming card, which will take place on November 12th in New York City. Leading up to the fight’s announcement, White repeatedly said that McGregor would need to defend the featherweight title next, or he’d be stripped of the belt. But, despite McGregor’s booking to face Alvarez, the Irish star remains the 145 champ.
White appeared on the latest “UFC Tonight”, and when asked what the UFC’s plans are if McGregor becomes a two division champ, he stated (quoted via FOX Sports 1 press release):
“He’ll fight. If he wins, he’ll hold two belts, and then he’ll decide which one he wants to give back to me. You can’t tie up two divisions.”
Following the UFC’s decision to book Alvarez – McGregor, and not strip the latter of the featherweight title, Jose Aldo has reported he’s no longer interested in fighting. The interim 145 champ has even reportedly threatened to take a dive in his next bout, if the UFC doesn’t release him. The UFC President was also asked to comment on Aldo’s statements, and White had this to say:
“I can’t make anybody fight anybody. I try the best I can to put together fights. Jose Aldo and I will probably get together next week and talk about it. I’ll get him a fight all day long. Holloway is ready. Pettis is in that division now. I can’t make Conor fight anybody. Everyone wants to fight him. When Aldo was doing it, he never aspired to be those things. I’ve stood in front of everybody in this sport and when fights pull out, nobody asks the way Conor does. Nobody wants to take a risk. He goes all in. It’s part of the appeal and allure of Conor. When he steps up and puts all his chips on the table.”
Aldo was knocked out by McGregor last December, but returned this past July, and decisioned Frankie Edgar to secure the interim belt.