Conor McGregor has achieved great things in the UFC. He's the first simultaneous two-division champion, he holds the record for most PPV buys, and has been a major component of transcending the sport to a mainstream audience.
Reports of McGregor and Dana White agreeing on their side of the #MayweatherMcGregor negotiations has been dominant conversation in combat sports.
“It is an honor to sign this record breaking deal alongside my partners Zuffa LLC, The Ultimate Fighting Championship and Paradigm Sports Management,” McGregor said in a statement to MacLife. “The first, and most important part of this historic contract has now officially been signed off on. Congratulations to all parties involved. We now await Al Haymon and his boxer’s signature in the coming days.”
McGregor posted this photo on social media following the announcement.
Before you pat McGregor on the back, can you figure out what's wrong with the photo? Look again, but this time pay closer attention.
Give up? Conor McGregor has yet to earn four total UFC championships.
McGregor earned his featherweight interim title at #UFC189 with a victory over Chad Mendes, his undisputed featherweight title at #UFC194 with a 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo, and his record-breaking lightweight title at #UFC205.
We here at champions aren't mathematicians, but that equates to three UFC titles.
So where did McGregor's other belt come from?
We have a few theories.
1. He kept the belt the UFC borrowed from Tyron Woodley's after UFC 205
The UFC had to grab McGregor a second title after his victory over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 because as Dana White put it, "McGregor didn't bring his own." White eventually ran to the back and borrowed Woodley's welterweight title for McGregor's historic photo-op.
2. Kept the belt he snatched from Jose Aldo's belt during the UFC 189 press tour
McGregor's mind games clearly took a toll on Jose Aldo before their fight and McGregor taking Aldo's title at the UFC 189 press tour stop in Ireland was a prime example of his mastery of mental warfare.
3. Mystic Mac gets McGregor Jr.'s title delivered 20 years early
Conor McGregor has already proclaimed that his son can land the left hand from anywhere, so why wouldn't he put a two-decade rush order on the title?
4. Conor McGregor swiped the title after his UFC 178 post-fight show interview.
In the #UFC178 post-fight interview seen above, McGregor can be seen predicting his future UFC title win. He ends the interview by saying that they'll [UFC] will have trouble taking the set's prop belt away from him after the interview. Is it possible he wasn't joking?
5. Dana White gave McGregor the belt as a "Father of the Year" award.
McGregor has been on "Daddy Duty" for much of 2017, but his return means huge money for the UFC and Dana White. That's why a commemorative "Father of the Year" belt can't be ruled out. The UFC should go to any lengths to make McGregor happy and speed up his return to competition.