This past weekend, the promotion stripped the Irishman of his featherweight championship—a weight at which he hasn't fought for over a year—to end his reign as a double champ.
McGregor has yet to comment publicly on the loss of his featherweight title, but he did something perhaps more telling of his feelings on the matter: McGregor registered for, and was issued, a boxing license in the state of California.
"He got a license today and a federal ID," Andy Foster, an executive officer of the California State Athletic Commission, told MMAFighting. "He's a California boxer now."
The MMA champion has long flirted with a career in boxing, specifically teasing a bout with undefeated champion fighter Floyd Mayweather, who retired in 2015. After his victory over Alvarez, McGregor acknowledged his desire for a stake in the UFC, a promotion whose success he (rightly) feels partially responsible for. The UFC was sold for $4 billion this summer.
"He's qualified [as a boxer]," Foster said. "I'd love to see him fight in California. It just needs to be the right opponent. Certainly a high-level opponent. We're happy to license him. We're happy he's a California fighter."
McGregor has trolled the promotion with dramatic apparent career changes before, like when he announced his retirement on Twitter then backtracked days later, so this feels more like a posturing blow related to his desired partial ownership in the UFC than evidence that McGregor is planning a full-time switch to the boxing ring.