REVEALED: Conor McGregor is still the UFC’s lineal featherweight champion, claims MMA star Dillon Danis… despite the Irishman not fighting at 145lbs in more than four YEARS
- Conor McGregor has not fought at featherweight since UFC 194 in 2015
- He stunned Jose Aldo to become champion after just 13 seconds that December
- Dillon Danis believes McGregor is still the class’ lineal champion four years on
- McGregor aims to win back the lightweight title, looking for three fights this year
Dillon Danis believes Conor McGregor is still the lineal featherweight champion, despite not fighting in the division since 2015.
The Irishman knocked Jose Aldo out inside 13 seconds in the UFC 194 event to snatch the 145lbs belt, before moving up to fight at welterweight and later become lightweight champion.
Aldo won back his title after McGregor moved on from the division but later lost to Max Holloway, who the Dubliner also beat early in his UFC career.
Conor McGregor is still the lineal featherweight champion, according to Dillon Danis
The Irishman’s last fight was a 13th second stoppage win over Jose Aldo to take the title
Danis is a close ally of McGregor’s, with the American helping out at his fight camps
Despite Alexander Volkanovski now leading the featherweight division, McGregor’s close ally Danis believes he still holds the title of the ‘man who beat the man’.
The American tweeted: ‘People forget that @TheNotoriousMMA is the lineal featherweight UFC world champion.’
Danis is a welterweight competing with rival promoter to the UFC, Bellator. He holds an unbeaten record after two fights, but has been heavily involved in McGregor’s fight camps outside the octagon.
McGregor is aiming for a ‘season’ of fights after his sensational return against Donald Cerrone
He will be determined to avenge his bitter defeat to rival Khabib Nurmagomedov
The New Yorker was brought in to help the deadly striker develop his grappling, which paid off in his rematch victory over Nate Diaz, while the two quickly became friends outside gym.
WHO’S NEXT, CONOR?
Khabib Nurmagomedov – If the Russian beats Tony Ferguson, he could be set for a sensational rematch
Tony Ferguson – The American hopes to take Khabib’s lightweight title in April to setup a McGregor clash
Justin Gaethje – McGregor may have to wait until September for Ferguson or Khabib, and Gaethje is a tough challenger who also beat Cerrone last time out
McGregor needed none of those ground skills in his last fight, when he made a sensational return to the UFC by stopping Donald Cerrone after 40 seconds.
The maverick fighter is calling 2020 a ‘season’, hoping to fight several times this year.
His ultimate goal is to win back the lightweight tile and get revenge over bitter rival Khabib Nurmagomedov after a humiliating loss in 2018.
He will be desperate to fight the winner of the Russian’s huge showdown with Tony Ferguson in April.
Rumours of another blockbuster fight with Floyd Mayweather continue to rumble on, with the American challenging both Khabib and McGregor to fight him on the same night in a bizarre crossover event.
Rumours of another fight between McGregor and Floyd Mayweather are persisting
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