While Conor McGregor is currently the UFC featherweight champion, one week from today he will have the opportunity to become the first man to simultaneously hold two UFC belts when he faces UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez in the main event of UFC 205.
While McGregor has previously competed at lightweight under the Cage Warriors banner in Ireland, he has yet to fight at 155 inside the Octagon. Despite being booked for a lightweight title fight with Rafael dos Anjos back in March, McGregor fought twice at welterweight after dos Anjos was forced out of the fight with a broken foot.
While McGregor could become the first simultaneous two division champ in company history, UFC President Dana White has remained adamant that McGregor must vacate one of the belts if he emerges from UFC 205 victorious.
With exactly seven days to go until he has the chance to make UFC history, McGregor spoke on the UFC 205 media conference call to discuss how he feels:
“I feel great at this weight,” McGregor said. “I’m lean, a lot leaner. I’m still eating a hell of a lot of food. Obviously it’s tougher to get to featherweight, but I think it’s crazy the way they say I can’t get to featherweight anymore, or all these crazy things, like I ain’t the undisputed champion. Like I haven’t gone in there and taken out the whole division, as early as last year. Like, December of last year, that was.
“It’s not even been a year. What’s that, eight months, 10 months, whatever? And then they’re talking about stripping and vacating and this type of stuff. Hang on a minute. What did I just go and do there? Did I not just take out that division? Am I not that champion? So wherever I sign, I’m going to fight, and you best believe I’m going to show up and be prepared. At 145, I’m the world champion. I took out them out. I’m damn good at 145, and I’m even better at 155, so wherever.”
Only time will tell if McGregor is able to capture the lightweight championship and make UFC history on November 12th.