Conor McGregor Gives Up UFC Featherweight Championship. What’s The Story Behind The Decision?

Nov 27, 2016 10:15 PM EST
Conor McGregor Gives Up UFC Featherweight Championship. What’s The Story Behind The Decision?
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UFC fighter Conor McGregor just made history after his inspiring win with Eddie Alavarez in New York. However, McGregor is forced to relinquish his crown to a fight between Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis. Hollowa and Pettis would then fight for the interim UFC featherweight championship.

According to Independent, the decision was made after a series of "events that followed light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier's withdrawal" from his title defense which is supposed to happen on December 10.

This UFC decision is an "odd twist of fate," according to MMA Weekly since McGregor has already defeated Aldo in an infamouse 13-second bout. McGregor did not want to relinquish either of his belts, but he has not made any comments yet on UFC's decision.

McGregor's victory with Eddie Alvarez has been a proud moment for him. This fight made him the first ever dual-weight world champion in the UFC history. So relinquishing this title is not an easy feat.

In a post-interview, McGregor noted that he has slated "everybody in the company [UFC]."

"I've spent a lot of time slating everybody... Backstage I'm starting fights over everybody."

"I've ridiculed everyone on the roster, I just want to say from the bottom of my heart, I'd like to take this chance to apologize to absolutely nobody."

"The double champ does what the f*** he wants," said the proud champ.

McGregor said he has dreamt of this moment and now that it has become a reality, it just "looks good."

Though jubilant of his win, McGregor acknowledges that Alvarez was a tough opponent. He said Alvarez has been gracious in his defeat.

"He's a good man. He's a good solid fighter," said McGregor.

This was a rare side to see from McGregor because the world of UFC is a brutal one. Trash-talking and extreme adrenaline are factors in this fighting entertainment arena. However, when the dust settles, fighters can still show their respect.

The UFC also showed their respect to McGregor's accomplishment.

His coach, John Kavanahg, said that he is "the best fighter on the planet right now."

"What really makes Conor stand apart... is how calm he is. His technical ability in that pressurized environment... there's millions watching andhe is the heel somewhat, people want to see him lose."

UFC Commentator Joe Rogan agrees. He said that it is "bizarre how good Conor is."

As for his father, Tony, there is nothing but pride in his son.

"That's the thing about these sporting legends, they only come around once in a lifetime. There are great sports people who come around all the time, but the standout sports people they only come once in a lifetime and Conor is a standout sports personality.

"They need to follow the dream. Conor had the dream and he kept it very close to himself. No one knew he had the dream, but he followed it all the way through. He saw that dream, he had that dream over a decade ago and he never let it go." 

 

Tags : Conor McGregor, UFC, Featherweight, MMA, Ultimate Fighting Championship