Conor McGregor Say Lightweight Title “Means Something to me”, Vows to Defend It
By FCF Staff
Some observers have questioned if Conor McGregor is focused on big paying fights, rather than defending the UFC lightweight title against top contenders. But, amidst speculation that he will fight Nate Diaz for a third time, McGregor’s relayed that legitimizing his reign is important to him.
McGregor recently attended a Q&A event in Glasgow, Scotland, and while discussing his next bout, the Irish star said this (quote via MMA Fighting):
“Look, I’ve got the UFC title to defend and that means something to me. I will defend that world title,” McGregor said.
“Nathan (Nate Diaz) is there. He’s trying to come in here and make all of these demands. If he starts pricing himself out of an event, I probably will defend against the person who wins this interim belt…or someone along that line to legitimize it again.
“I’ve already gone from the highest of the high in terms of a money fight. Now the question I always get is about defending the belt and legitimizing the sport and the rankings…”
The lightweight champ hasn’t fought under MMA rules since he took the title from Eddie Alvarez last November. Most recently in August, McGregor was stopped by undefeated boxer, Floyd Mayweather.
Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee will battle for the interim lightweight title, next Saturday at UFC 216.