Conor McGregor Responds To UFC After Introduction Of The Legacy Belt

The UFC has unveiled an all-new championship belt known as the Legacy Belt to mark a new era in the sporting organisation's 25th anniversary.

The UFC Legacy Championship Belt will first be up for grabs this weekend at Fight Night 143 where UFC flyweight champion Henry Cejudo steps in the octagon with UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

It didn't take long for former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor expressed his interest for the new strap on Twitter.

McGregor lost his lightweight title to fourth round submission at the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in October 2018.

The belt has been designed with unique customisation for each holder in mind. The athlete who earns this accolade will have their country, weight class and number of title defensives emblazed on the new piece of champion-wear.

Each strap will be authenticated by UFC President Dana White's engraved signature, as well as a serial number.

White said: "This Saturday begins a new era for UFC, and it's a perfect time to unveil our new UFC Legacy Championship Belt.

"The belt honours UFC's past, while recognizing the amazing accomplishments of our current champions."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

In terms of design, the belt's face is made from high-polished gold with 25 stones surrounding it, all of which represent 25 years of the UFC.

There are eight flag emblems which detail the outskirts of the hectogon shaped belt face. Each flag honours the first eight countries that were home to UFC champions.

Republic of Ireland's flag is bestowed proudly - but time will tell whether Conor McGregor will be wearing this new piece of UFC history.

Do you think Conor McGregor can bounce back to the top of UFC once more?

Let us know in the comments.

Words by Kane Allen

Featured Image Credit: PA/UFC

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