Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) superstar Conor McGregor made history at UFC 205 on 12 November, becoming the first person in the promoter's history to hold two title belts at the same time. The feat was achieved by defeating Eddie Alvarez in the second round.
The Irishman, who was the featherweight and lightweight title holder, saw the company's authorities strip him of his featherweight belt recently. McGregor has now claimed that he is still the UFC featherweight champion despite the decision taken by the company.
"All I know is they're trying to type onto a keyboard and say, we're taking this belt, we're taking that belt, we're doing this, we're doing that. You ain't doing nothing without contacting me first. I'm still the two-weight world champion.
"Make no mistake about that. They can say what they want, they can try and get phony belts and hand them out to people I've already destroyed. I mean, the current champion is a guy I knocked out in 13 seconds.
"The current interim champion is a guy I destroyed as well. Officially, I don't care what nobody says. I am the two-weight world champion and that is that," McGregor said, as quoted by MMAFighting.
The 28-year-old Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter, who is currently the biggest draw in the sport, has kept his cards close to his chest regarding his future in the business. The Irishman has repeatedly stated that he wants the company to offer him an equity stake in the promotion and will only decide on his future once a discussion is taken by the owners.
"I just don't know. I'm weighing up my options. But again, I expect that conversation. I expect them to fly that jet to me. Ari, Patrick, the new owners from WME-IMG, the guys that bought the UFC for $4 billion, I want to speak to them. I want to see what their plan is. Because right now I don't know what nobody's plan is," he said.
The UFC lightweight champion is currently on an unspecified break as he is set to welcome a child along with his longtime girlfriend, Dee Devlin, early next year.