At UFC 205 in New York City, Conor McGregor made history by being the first fighter ever to hold titles in two divisions simultaneously. But that history was quickly tarnished by the UFC earlier this week.
For those who aren’t aware yet, Red FM (h/t Severe MMA) on Tuesday morning.has dropped his featherweight belt on Saturday, and will only keep the lightweight title from now on. A decision that McGregor’s team isn’t happy with one bit. Since the UFC broke the news there hasn’t been an official comment made by the Irishman, however, his longtime coach and friend John Kavanagh recently commented on the matter in an interview with
Kavanagh said he’s “very disappointed with how they went about doing it.”
It was a very messy set of circumstances which led to doing it. They lost a main event (at UFC 206) and then they haphazardly threw together a new main event.
Jose Aldo is now officially the UFC featherweight champion. Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis will be fighting for the interim featherweight title at UFC 206 after Daniel Cormier pulled out from the event due to an injury. That’s the main reason why the UFC decided to strip McGregor of the featherweight belt.
They felt they had to make this for a title in order for it to sell so they brought in another interim title that Jose Aldo already has and then bumped Jose Aldo up to the current undisputed champion. Which just seems ridiculous to me.
Conor has only been 11 months since he won that title. There have been many, many examples of fighters waiting 15 months, 18 months before defending it. He’s 11 months and they stripped him of it. I thought it was very shortsighted by the UFC how they went about doing it.
McGregor will most likely take time off from combat sport for the next couple of months. When he is ready to return he will most likely defend the UFC lightweight title or attempt to get the welterweight belt.