The former two-weight UFC champion is looking to make even more history by becoming the first fighter ever to hold belts in three different weight divisions in the promotion
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Conor McGregor has been hailed as the only fighter to have won belts of three different weights after being made a surprise call from the UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.
UFC legend Chael Sonnen, a former middleweight and light heavyweight title challenger, has argued that no one else is in the unique position of being able to contend for a third belt and has branded McGregor “champion” for his appeal. He explained to fans in a YouTube video that there was “no way I could say no” to his demand for a title shot despite losing his last two attempts.
McGregor has hinted that when he returns to the octagon this year he will compete at 170lbs, where he holds a 2-1 record, rather than downsizing to his preferred lightweight. He has gained mass while recovering from a broken leg and is said to currently weigh around 190 pounds.
“Here’s what Master did,” Sonnen explained. “Here’s what the greatest player in the game did – Conor comes out of nowhere and says, ‘Yeah, I’m going to fight for a belt on my return; Kamarus, I’m a 170-pounder now. Then he lays it all out. When it comes to being the 145-pound champion, the 155-pound champion, he’s KO’d both guys and he’s going to KO that guy.
“He says he’ll be the triple champion, he’ll crush everyone and that’s it. Well, he kind of stuck us there because if anyone can do it, there’s only one person and it’s Conor. I don’t mean he’s got anything like supersonic ability, I mean he’s the only guy who’s already won two belts and also fought in a third weight division.
“He’s literally the only guy, you can send whoever you want out there, let them go and get a win, but they can’t do that. He’s one of the few doubles champions still competing who has ended up at a different weight. so it’s very interesting.”
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The only other doubles champions in the sport’s history are Daniel Cormier, Henry Cejudo and Amanda Nunes, with BJ Penn and Frank Mir also making the list despite winning their belts at different intervals and not simultaneously. Nunes has lost her bantamweight title while Cormier, Penn, Mir and Cejudo are retired.
The latter has flirted with a return to the octagon, saying he would only come back if he was paid properly and given a chance to win a belt in a third weight division; featherweight. But after starting at flyweight and moving up to bantamweight, he was told he would need a win at 145lbs before he got a chance.
On the other hand, McGregor has beaten previous welterweights in Nate Diaz and Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, whom he stopped within a minute in 2020.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/other-sports/mma/conor-mcgregor-kamaru-usman-fight-26538210 Conor McGregor was hailed as 'champion' after Kamaru Usman's title fight