In the main event of UFC 205, UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor will be stepping into the Octagon to square off with Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight championship.
The fight, which takes place almost exactly a year after McGregor won the UFC featherweight championship, gives McGregor the opportunity to become the first ever simultaneous two-division UFC champion. With that being said however, UFC President Dana White has stated that if McGregor emerges from the scrap victorious, he must vacate one of the belts. Despite that, McGregor has stated that it will take an army to get him to relinquish one of his belts.
It is also important to mention that UFC President Dana White has also stated that McGregor will be making a “personal” announcement “out of left field” after the bout. While fans have been speculating as to what the announcement is, a recent report revealed that McGregor will be stepping away from the sport for awhile to mend family relationships that have been strained by his busy work schedule.
The booking for a lightweight scrap with Alvarez was certainly a controversial one, which played a major role in Jose Aldo ultimately requesting that the UFC release him from his contract.
Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, who recently made his successful featherweight debut, weighed in on the situation.
MMAFrenzy has the quotes:
“I was trying to do that when I was champ,” said Pettis, while discussing McGregor’s hope to win belts in two divisions. “Right when I won the belt, I called out Aldo. Conor is winning fights, knocking guys out. He’s winning fights. That was my plan. He’s selling the fights.”
“I want to be two division champ. I want Aldo. If he’s ready, let’s go. He’s more frustrated than trying to retire. He’s not going to retire. He want’s Conor, but Conor is busy. I’m here. My name is big.”
It is important to mention that Pettis’ coach, Duke Roufus, also recently took to Instagram in hopes of getting fan support behind a Pettis vs. Aldo fight.
With Conor McGregor set to fight at UFC 205, do you want to see Pettis vs. Aldo?