Conor McGregor recently had an hour long interview with MMA journalist Ariel Helwani in Manchester, England. During the interview, McGregor expressed his views on being stripped of the Featherweight title. Until this interview McGregor had remained fairly silent about the situation, but when the question was asked, he was silent no more.
“Before I even got the belt, they wanted to strip me, that’s what I’m saying, before I even won the belt, it was like, ‘you’ve got to give up this one.’ It’s like, just let me go and get the thing first. Let me go make the history. Let me go do what’s never been done before. And there seemed to be a problem with that, for whatever reason. I don’t know what the problem was, but again, a lack of communication. All they had to do was ask. If they had actually came to me and said, ‘Conor, I know you’re prepared to have a baby, I know you’re chilling. If you want to fight for this featherweight belt in March,’ just a nice time, I would’ve went in and would’ve slapped Holloway or this guy he’s fighting, or Aldo, or whoever they wanted. No problem. All they had to do was ask. Instead, they created an interim belt. They gave back the unified belt to a guy I KO’d in 13 seconds. A guy I dominated is now the interim title [holder].”
He’s got a point, if they just asked him it would have been fine, not only that but they created an interim belt and gave it to a man McGregor has beaten. It seems strange, but it did produce a great fight in the form of Max Holloway vs Anthony Pettis.
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