“The Notorious” Conor McGregor was forced to surrender his featherweight championship to the UFC on Saturday.
Following a victory over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden two weeks ago, Conor McGregor became the first person in UFC history to hold two belts simultaneously.
As a result of this, the Irish-born star came out and told the world that he did not plan on relinquishing either title and wanted to hang onto both. Well, Dana White and the UFC had other plans.
It was announced on Saturday that McGregor was stripped of this featherweight title due to him not planning on defending it anytime soon as well as the promotion needing a title fight for their upcoming UFC 206 pay-per-view.
After Conor McGregor vacated the featherweight title on Saturday, Jose Aldo is now the undisputed champion. https://t.co/WLODBci9mF
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 27, 2016
The move had to happen due to Daniel Cormier being pulled from his light-heavyweight championship defense for UFC 2016 due to injury and the company needing a new title bout.
At the upcoming PPV on December 10, Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis will meet in the octagon in order to determine who will take control of the interim featherweight championship. The winner of that fight will then go on to face Jose Aldo, who was defeated for the belt in 13 seconds last year following seven successful defenses.
The stripping should not hurt McGregor at all, as he still has his lightweight title and does not have to worry about losing his prestige anytime soon.