Friend and training partner of Conor McGregor, Dillon Danis believes the Irishman is still the UFC Lineal Featherweight champion.
McGregor became the interim UFC Featherweight champion after beating Chad Mendes back at UFC 189. Mendes stepped in to face the Irishman on short notice and found success early with his wrestling. In the end, the Irishman was able to pull it back to stopped Mendes by TKO in the 2nd-round.
After winning the interim belt, McGregor fought for the undisputed UFC Featherweight title at UFC 194 against Jose Aldo, who he knocked out in just 13 seconds. The finish shocked the world as many had picked the Brazilian to win, given the fact that Aldo hadn’t lost in almost 10 years.
Once Conor McGregor won the UFC Featherweight title, his career took a different path and he would never go on to defend the belt. He had back-to-back fights with Nate Diaz, followed by winning the UFC Lightweight title after he beat Eddie Alvarez by TKO. He then went on to have his combat sports spectacle boxing fight against Floyd Mayweather. McGregor has never fought back at Featherweight since defeating Aldo at UFC 194.
He was stripped of the title due to inactivity, paving the way for Aldo to reclaim the belt. Aldo would go on to lose it Max Holloway, who defended it multiple times after that. McGregor holds wins over the 2 former champions.
Alexander Volkanovski recently claimed the UFC Featherweight title after defeating Max Holloway, yet Danis believes that McGregor is still the true champion.
“People forget that @TheNotoriousMMA is the lineal featherweight UFC world champion,” Danis tweeted.
Conor McGregor recently picked up a win over Donald Cerrone at UFC 246. He was able to get back to his winning way after being defeated by UFC Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. McGregor’s next fight has not been announced yet, but UFC president Dana White recently stated that a rematch with Nurmagomedov is on the cards, if he is able to get past Tony Ferguson at UFC 249. He has also been called out by Justin Gaethje, who said that the Irish fighter is “ducking him”.
Meanwhile, Dillon Danis last competed at Bellator 222 in June of 2019. He is currently without a fight scheduled, but sports a 2-0 record as a professional with 2 submission victories.
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 6th March, 2020.