The Dubliner fights Eddie Alvarez on November 12th
Conor McGregor is less than a month away from potentially making history.
The UFC featherweight champion meets the lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in New York next month. McGregor hopes to write his name into history, becoming the first fighter in the organisation to hold titles at two separate weight divisions at the same time.
Randy Couture and BJ Penn have both been multiple-weight champions, but never at the same time. Couture won his light-heavyweight title in 2003, less than 18 months after losing the heavyweight title. For Penn, he became the lightweight champion in 2008, almost four years after being stripped of the welterweight belt.
Speaking to Sports Illustrated, McGregor revealed the vanity behind wanting to be a two-weight champion before he vacated one of the belts (which is expected to be the featherweight title) should he win on November 12th.
"Let me see the pictures on publications with a belt on each shoulder first," he admitted. "Let me go onto the side of that Octagon and raise two world titles, what's never been done before.
"I'll always listen to the correct business move, and I'll always do what is the correct move," he added, "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."
UFC President Dana White has previously said that McGregor would have to vacate a belt if he defeated Alvarez. It looks like he may get his way, but not before the Dubliner gets his moment in the sun.