“I am, in myself, my own belt….I am fighting for my own belt.”
The phrases of Conor McGregor previous to his first combat in opposition to Nate Diaz at UFC 196 in 2016. If he was certainly preventing for ‘his own belt’ then he didn’t maintain on to it for very lengthy – Diaz submitted the Irishman in the second spherical.
Perhaps this humbling expertise was precisely what McGregor wanted. He went on to avenge the loss to Diaz, then beat Eddie Alvarez to develop into the first fighter in UFC historical past to carry titles in two weight divisions concurrently. All speak of belt-creation grew to become a factor of the previous – or so we thought.
Three years after he beat McGregor, Nate Diaz launched this assertion when he defeated Anthony Pettis at UFC 241:
“That’s what I’m talking about, the baddest motherf****r title. I need that belt made as soon as possible,” proclaimed Nate Diaz.
The name out was for Jorge Masvidal, and to everybody’s shock Dana White obliged. At UFC 244 Masvidal received the combat by way of technical knockout as a result of a physician’s stoppage to assert the BMF belt.
Five years on from his unique concept, and possibly impressed by the realization of the BMF belt, Conor McGregor has just lately taken to Twitter, asking the UFC to lastly create ‘the McGregor belt’.
Let’s take a look at three potential UFC matches the place the McGregor belt could be on the line.
3. The UFC Conor McGregor Invitational
Who is eligible to combat for the McGregor belt? That determination might be as much as the man himself. Shrewd businessman that he’s, McGregor could use all of his previous rivals in opposition to one another in a one-night-only knockout event. ‘Notorious’ is aware of that it will generate headlines and in flip, PPV buys.
Everyone would get their probability to compete, the extra fights on the card the extra cheese (cash) in the fridge (financial institution). Jeremy Stephens will certainly need McGregor to know his title and Michael Chiesa received’t miss the bus. From Paulie Malignaggi and Jake Paul to the man having fun with a drink at the bar, there isn’t a scarcity of opponents who could step up.
The remaining bout of the night could be guest-refereed by McGregor confidante Tony Robbins, who may give motivational recommendation to the fighters all through.
2. Conor McGregor vs Ewan McGregor
Is it the return of the Mac or the return of the jedi? Can the McGregor belt solely be received by McGregors? If so, then they don’t have a better profile than Ewan Gordon McGregor OBE.
We’ve seen the likes of Randy Couture, Georges St-Pierre and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson go from the octagon to the huge display – so why not the reverse?
Though at the ripe age of fifty Ewan McGregor will in all probability want greater than ‘the force’ to win the emerald title.
1. Conor McGregor vs (the winner of) The UFC Conor McGregor Invitational
This will be a mouth-watering feast for all 82,000 followers in attendance at Proper Twelve Stadium (previously Croke Park, Dublin). Getting a ticket for this one will be like profitable the lottery. It’ll be a veritable who’s who of celebrities cage-side. The merriment is in such full move that Artem Lobov and Khabib Nurmagomedov are seen laughing like nice pals.
‘Mystic Mac’ predicts a primary spherical end and has the alternative to complete his profession as not solely the champ-champ, however the champ-champ-champ or the champ-champ-McGregor-belt-champ.
McGregor then goes on to start out his personal preventing group, that includes fighters competing for completely different ranges of McGregor belts – earlier than it’s handed right down to the son and inheritor, the subsequent Conor McGregor.