UFC president Dana White has made it clear that Conor McGregor will have to vacate a title if he defeated lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in New York next month.
McGregor, who is the reigning featherweight champion, will make history if he triumphs over Alvarez as he will become the first UFC fighter to hold two different titles at the same time.
While the Irishman will be able to hold on to this accolade for the rest of his career, White reiterated that he will have to decide which title to keep and which belt to give up.
“If he wins, he’ll hold two belts,” White told UFC Tonight. “Then he’ll decide which one he wants to give back to me. He can’t hold both. He’ll have accomplished this. Then he’ll have to figure out which one he wants to give up. He can’t hold up two divisions.”
At the UFC 205 press conference last month, though, McGregor hinted that he had no intention of willingly giving up either title should he become crowned lightweight champion at Madison Square Garden on November 12.
“I’m going to wrap one on one shoulder, I’m going to wrap the other on the other shoulder, and you’re going to need a (expletive) army to come take them belts off me,” McGregor said. “They’re going to have to gather an army to try to take one of them off me. And that’s telling it straight. One’s going to be there, one’s going to be there, and I’m going to be picking and choosing who I want to destroy next.”