Conor McGregor obtains boxing license in California

Nov 13, 2016 - New York, New York, U.S. - Eddie Alvarez (red gloves) vs. Conor ''The Notorious'' McGregor (blue gloves) during UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden (Photo by Jason Silva/Zuma Press/Icon Sportswire)
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Conor McGregor is currently the UFC Lightweight Champion. As of Wednesday, he has been issued a boxing license by the California State Athletic Commission, per Brett Okamoto of ESPN.

On Nov. 12, McGregor defeated Eddie Alvarez to win the UFC Lightweight Championship, giving him both the Lightweight and Featherweight championship belts. But as of Saturday, the Featherweight Championship had been revoked from McGregor, as he has not defended the title since December 2015 when he knocked out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds. The decision to remove the belt from McGregor allowed Aldo to become the champion in his place.

The logic behind McGregor acquiring a boxing license opens the door to a potential “super fight” between he and retired boxer, Floyd Mayweather Jr. Mayweather last fought in September 2015, defeating Andre Berto by unanimous decision to end his career in the ring at 49-0. It seems improbable that Mayweather would come out of retirement to fight McGregor in the octagon, having to learn a new sport entirely, which is all the more reason for fight fans to be excited about McGregor taking the first step towards stepping in between the ropes.

McGregor has been the center of combat sports attention, having recently drawn attention from WWE’s COO Paul Levesque (who goes by his ring name, Triple H) in terms of having McGregor potentially make an appearance for the company. As Dana White will tell anyone who will listen, McGregor remains under contract to the UFC and a deal for him to appear elsewhere would likely be a major undertaking.

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