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Morning Report: Conor McGregor says he will give up one of his belts after enjoying his 'historic moment' at UFC 205

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UFC featherweight champion has backed off his contention that the UFC will "need an army" to strip him of one of his belts, but says he will only consent after he has had time to enjoy the achievement first.

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In a little over three weeks Conor McGregor will attempt to do something no one in the history of the UFC has ever done: hold UFC belts in two different weight classes, simultaneously.

But should he be successful in accomplishing this feat, what happens next? Fans and fighters alike are already upset over McGregor "holding up a division" with his almost steadfast refusal to take a featherweight fight, the division he's currently champion over. With this in mind, UFC president Dana White - who has previously declared a willingness to allow McGregor to reign in two divisions simultaneously - has said that after UFC 205, McGregor will be forced to relinquish one of the belts. At the UFC 205 press conference though, McGregor declared, "they're going to have to gather an army to try and take one of them (belts) off me."

Well now it appears McGregor is backing off this statement. Speaking with Sports Illustrated's Mike Dyce recently, McGregor says he will accept White's terms, but on one condition.

"Let me see the pictures on publications with a belt on each shoulder first. Let me go onto the side of that Octagon and raise two world titles, what's never been done before, before talking about stripping me. Let me get the f**king things, let me do it. I'll always listen to the correct business move, and I'll always do what is the correct move, but let me do it and let me go back and look at some pictures of me with two belts and let me embrace it for half-a-day.

"Don't be trying to take away the historic moment before I've even experienced it."

But despite the historic nature of McGregor's quest, his fellow fighters are starting to get restless. Jose Aldo has said he intends to leave the UFC, in part due to the company's refusal to grant him a title shot against McGregor which has been promised to him several times. No. 1 lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov has echoed Aldo's sentiments; unhappy at being passed over for a title shot against Alvarez and being used as a leveraging tool, Nurmagomedov says he too will leave the UFC if he doesn't get a title shot after his next fight.

McGregor has very little patience for these complaints though.

"Tell me one time that crying and moaning, tell me one time that's good for progression. It's not. Where would you be if I wasn't here? Be grateful that you're even in the conversation.

"Keep your head down, keep working, stay focused, stay positive, that's the way to go forward. Not crying, moaning, complaining. I can't engage in that. I wish them well, but I'm on something different here."

Should McGregor beat Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 and win the lightweight championship, it would indeed be something different. Only B.J. Penn and Randy Couture have ever belts in multiple weight classes in the UFC and each of their respective championship reigns were several years apart. Dan Henderson did hold the 185 lb. and 205 lb. Pride FC championships simultaneously but at the time neither was considered the premier title in the world, and that is the only thing McGregor cares about.

"Everyone wants to see you do good, but not better than them. That's what's happening here. I'm just looking forward to raising the belts, and doing what has not been done before."

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I would be pretty shocked if they actually made him vacate a belt before getting to make the walk to the cage with both at least once. Unless of course, the rumors are true and he's going to take a year off after 205. Which, honestly, could be a really good thing and no one can say Conor doesn't deserve it.

Anyway, that's it for today y'all. Once more til the weekend. Have a good one.

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