World lightweight champion Conor McGregor lets go of his UFC featherweight title. Jose Aldo replaces the Irish fighter.
McGregor holds both the featherweight and lightweight titles. He won the latter when he trounced Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 last November 12 at the Madison Square Garden. The fighter won the bout by technical knockout 3 minutes into the second round.
McGregor opted to keep the 155-pound title, UFC announced on Saturday.
McGregor knocked out Aldo 13 seconds into the December 12, 2015, fight. The Irish fighter delivered the Brazilian’s first loss in ten years. Aldo’s first loss occurred in Jungle Fight 5 match on November 2005 when Luciano Azevedo submitted him with a rear-naked choke.
Aldo Rebounds from McGregor Defeat
Aldo, however, recovered from the December 25 loss. He won the Interim UFC Featherweight Championship by decision over former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar on July 2016.
Since UFC promoted Aldo, the now-vacant UFC interim featherweight title will be at stake at the December 10 event. Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis will fight for the championship gold in the UFC 206 main event.
The winner of the 5-round fight, to be held at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, will go against Aldo in 2017 for the unified belt.
The original UFC 206 main event featured light heavy weight champion Daniel Cormier vs Anthony Johnson. However, Cormier withdrew from the December 10 title fight due to an injury.
Reports Say UFC Took Away the Title
Some mixed martial arts enthusiasts expressed doubt that McGregor volunteered to give up his 145-pound title.
Some reports say Conor McGregor never agreed to give up his featherweight belt, according to CBS Sports. Instead, UFC stripped him of this title.
Mixed martial artist Stephan Bonar posted on his Tweeter account: “So when the #UFC says @NotoriousMMA relinquished his 145 lb, belt, I hear: “We pried it from his cold dead hands.”
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