White says McGregor will be able hold and defend two UFC titles if he wants to fight for Lightweight Championship

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Conor McGregor (Photo credit Gary A. Vasquez © USA Today)

The UFC seems to be in the mood to oblige their champions. In addition to confirming that Holly Holm will get a fight before Ronda Rousey returns, UFC President Dana White said on Wednesday’s UFC Tonight program on Fox Sports 1 that Conor McGregor will not have to vacate his Featherweight Title to go after the UFC Lightweight Championship.

McGregor made it clear after knocking out Jose Aldo at UFC 194 that his plan is to capture the UFC Lightweight Championship, then defend both of his titles intermittently as challengers are presented. The UFC is now willing to go along with that plan.

What’s not clear just yet is in what order McGregor’s next moves will be made. The options remain a fight with Rafael dos Anjos for that UFC Lightweight Title, No. 1 contender Frankie Edgar, or the man he took the Featherweight Championship from, Jose Aldo.

Penick’s Analysis: It’s sounding like McGregor-dos Anjos could be a real possibility, though it’d be a little surprising if that came to pass before either an Aldo rematch or the Edgar fight. Regardless, McGregor’s calling his shots right now, and he’s going to get whatever fight he decides he wants first. The others are still likely to happen, it’s just now about in which order they take place.

[Photo (c) Gary A. Vasquez via USA Today Sports]

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