Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor requests UFC make ‘The Conor McGregor Belt’

It didn’t take long for Conor McGregor to chime in on the pending return of Nate Diaz, and in doing so he’s calling for a new belt to be made in his honor, just like the UFC made the ‘BMF’ belt ahead of Nate Diaz’s fight against Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244.

On Wednesday morning McGregor sent out a series of tweets calling for the UFC to make ‘The Conor McGregor’ belt, referencing something he first brought up as a possibility before his first fight against Nate Diaz at UFC 196. In the video clip posted by McGregor, he discusses how weight classes don’t matter to him, and a belt made in his honor would show that he’s in a class of his own.

“It doesn’t matter what weight divisions or anything, or even what belt is on the line. Cause really I should create my own belt because I am in myself, my own belt. It doesn’t matter weight, it doesn’t matter if it’s a featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, it’s the McGregor belt. That’s it, I’m fighting for my own belt.”

In his tweets calling for a newly designed belt in his honor, Conor McGregor listed some design advice for the UFC, including rose gold and rubies, or even yellow gold and emeralds.

After calling for his own belt, McGregor would respond to a Twitter user who pointed out that the UFC made a belt for a Nate Diaz fight before they made one for him, which seemed to aggravate the former two-weight world champion. It was before UFC 244 that the UFC came out with the ‘BMF’ belt and put it on the line for Diaz’s fight against Jorge Masvidal, which Masvidal won following a doctor’s stoppage at the end of the third round. The ‘BMF’ belt has not been put on the line in a fight since Masvidal won it, but still, the creation of it seemed to irk McGregor.

With rumors swirling of a trilogy fight between McGregor and Dustin Poirier being targeted for UFC 264 this summer, the timing of Conor McGregor calling for a newly created belt is intriguing. While it’s unlikely the UFC will give in and make one, it could be an intriguing add-on to one of the biggest high-profile fights in UFC history between McGregor and Poirier.

Back at UFC 257 in January, Poirier even the score against McGregor when he secured a second-round TKO over the former lightweight champion and getting labeled as the “uncrowned champion” as the lightweight title was up in the air, pending the retirement of champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Since that fight, Nurmagomedov has officially retired and while McGregor and Poirier moved closer to their trilogy, the UFC booked Michael Chandler vs Charles Oliveira for the vacant lightweight title.

It will be interesting to see if the UFC gives any thought to creating a belt in honor of Conor McGregor, but he’s certainly trying to get everything he can from the promotion, especially with his big rival Nate Diaz preparing to come back.

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