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Conor McGregor was stripped of both his featherweight and lightweight titles for inactivity and never defending either one.

Technically, however, he never lost either belt in the fight. And while he did lost to current 155-pound title-holder, Khabib Nurmagoemdov, at UFC 229 in 2018, McGregor says he is still the champ.

Why?

According to “Notorious,” since Khabib was never crowned the champion in the center of the cage as is customary, it doesn’t make him the legit champ.

“I was stripped of the Featherweight belt before even getting an offer of a Featherweight fight,” he said in an interview with ESPN. “I barely even got the second belt in the Octagon in New York that time. It is what it is. I suppose Khabib, and the death of his father, they’re giving him the time and so on … I think that’s admirable, also.

“I think the time is now, though,” he continued. “It’s well past. It should be for the belt. If it’s not, no problem. I’m looking for an active year, I’m looking to compete. And, you know, I am the champion. You know, the unified title was never crowned. It wasn’t crowned that time in October 2018. Khabib fled the cage and left me fighting with his family members in the cage. The post-fight ceremony never took place. So I still feel like I’m champion here and I’ll go in and prove that. I’ll prove that with my performances, and time will show. The cream always rises to the top and the world’s about to see it.”

Conor sure knows how to rile people up, as well as attempt to lure Khabib to return to one more fight against him.

For now, McGregor will gear up to face Dustin Poirier in a rematch six years in the making at UFC 257 on Jan. 23, 2021.

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