Conor McGregor Claims He's Responsible For UFC's BMF Belt
Conor McGregor claims he is responsible for UFC's BMF title belt.
At UFC 244 in New York, both Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal will go toe-to-toe for the newly introduced belt in a decision that has caused debate amongst MMA fighters and fans alike.
The new belt will cost $50,000 (£40,000) for the promotion to make, while UFC president Dana White has confirmed that Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson will present it to whoever emerges victorious after the war on November 2.
But McGregor, speaking in a that not only does he deserve credit for sparking the creation of the belt, he also designed it.
What date is that interim BMF title fight on again?
- Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 2, 2019
"I designed that 'Bad Mother Fucker' belt," McGregor said, as per MMA Junkie.
"I actually designed that. I signed off on the design of how they are creating that belt. So most certainly that belt was brought into fruition, brought to life because of me: the real Bad Mother Fucker. So most certainly one of those men is on my radar."
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McGregor hasn't been back in the Octagon since his humbling at the hands of Khabib at UFC 229 in October. A whole host of opponents have been mentioned for his return fight, including the likes of Frankie Edgar, Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje.
However, it seems as though the Irishman's preference is to return in January before facing the winner of Diaz-Masvidal, as well as the winner of Khabib-Ferguson at some point in the future.
"He's hoping to fight in January, then the winner of Masvidal vs. Diaz, and then fight the winner of Khabib vs. Tony whenever that happens," ESPN's Ariel Helwani said.
"He's probably going to talk a lot more about this [the whiskey tour]. There's no big announcement to make.
"They are very confident and intent on returning next year and fighting three times, so we'll see what happens. The Frankie Edgar fight was something that he wanted, Frankie wanted, the UFC didn't want it and it never really got past that."