Following up on our earlier report of Conor McGregor likely being stripped of the UFC Featherweight Championship, McGregor has not agreed to give up the title. However, as MMAFighting.com astutely pointed out, the UFC has every right to take it from him if they choose.
McGregor won the belt last December when he knocked out Jose Aldo at 13 seconds of the very first round of their fight at UFC 194. Aldo defeated Frankie Edgar by unanimous decision at UFC 200 in July to become the new UFC Interim Featherweight Champion.
Aldo has been very upset he has not been booked in a rematch against McGregor to unify the titles. After winning the title, McGregor moved up to welterweight twice to fight Nate Diaz and then went to middleweight to fight Eddie Alvarez for the UFC Middleweight Championship earlier this month. McGregor split his fights with Diaz, losing at UFC 196 but avenging at UFC 202. He defeated Alvarez to win the UFC Middleweight Championship.
With McGregor not likely to fight until May, it looks like the UFC will alleviate the logjam in their featherweight division. As things currently stand, the winner of Max Holloway vs. Anthony Pettis will become the interim featherweight champion and Jose Aldo is the new UFC featherweight champion. A unification bout after next month's UFC 206 is likely to follow.
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