Conor McGregor has said several times that he didn’t intend to vacate a title if he became a two division champ, but on Saturday, the UFC announced the Irish star’s done just that.
During the broadcast for UFC Fight Night 101, the promotion announced that as reported earlier by MMA Fighting, Max Holloway – Anthony Pettis will be for the interim 145 title. That fight will headline UFC 206, which will take place in Toronto, Ontario. The UFC also announced that McGregor has “relinquished” the featherweight title, and as a result, Jose Aldo is once again the undisputed champ. Aldo decisioned Frankie Edgar in July to win the interim belt.
In a press release that’s been posted at UFC.com, it says the following:
The UFC announced the new main event on Saturday, also revealing that Jose Aldo is the promotion’s new undisputed featherweight champion after two-division titleholder Conor McGregor relinquished the 145-pound belt and decided to focus on the title he holds in the 155-pound lightweight division.
Now, it’s interesting to read that McGregor has “decided to focus” on the lightweight belt he won at UFC 205. Why? Well, not only because in the past McGregor argued he could defend two titles, but because MMA Fighting’s reporting sources have informed Ariel Helwani the Irish star didn’t agree to relinquish the 145 belt.
Prior to UFC 205, UFC President Dana White said that McGregor would need to vacate a title, if he defeated Eddie Alvarez. So, it will be interesting to see if anything comes out of this.