UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor could quickly become an even more imposing figure inside the promotion next month if he claims the lightweight title from Rafael dos Anjos.
As a two-division champion, “Notorious” would have a lot of pull when, where and who he fights.
So, has all that developed a rift between McGregor and UFC officials such as Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White? Contrary to reports, the answer is no, as the Irish fighter told Andrew McGahon of Severe MMA recently.
“It’s all horseshit,” he said. “I have a great relationship with Lorenzo and a great relationship with Dana.
“I’m climbing the corporate ladder every day and we will be neck-and-neck (soon). Maybe along the lines, I will take the lion’s share, but we will always be together.”
McGregor, who debuted with the UFC in XXXX, is actually rumored for another potential title fight later this year if he is successful vs. dos Anjos. That would take place at UFC 200 against welterweight titleholder Robbie Lawler.
During his run in Cage Warriors, McGregor held both the featherweight and lightweight straps. In UFC history, only Randy Couture and BJ Penn are two-division champions, but neither held the titles at the same time.
“I am taking what I want,” he said. “I am doing what I want. The’s the life I live.
“Whatever I want, whenever I want. And I have earned that through hard work, sacrifice and that’s it. I’m not trying to breakout; I’m just trying to grow, be eye-to-eye and get my share of the (expletive) pie.”
You can hear more from McGregor in the video below: