Dana White told Yahoo Sports that it was Conor McGregor��s decision to relinquish the UFC featherweight championship after McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, questioned UFC’s move of stripping McGregor of the title and giving it to Jose Aldo. Here’s what White said:
“He’s (John Kavanagh is) misinformed,” White said. “Yeah, he doesn’t know all that has gone on, I guess. Do you think I just did this? This was Conor’s decision.
“Look, I let Conor fight (Nate) Diaz and then, I let him fight Diaz again,. Then, there was the whole 155-pound thing I let him do. But at the end of the day, him doing that tied up the division for a year. There’s a logjam there and a lot of guys were (angry).”
McGregor (21-3) won the UFC middleweight championship from Eddie Alvarez (via TKO) at UFC 205 last month in New York City, giving him the title of dual champion. He won the featherweight title from Aldo at UFC 194 last December but never defended it. He hasn’t spoken publicly about the UFC’s decision, which was announced publicly last Saturday night, but McGregor has been issued a boxing license out of the state of California.
Dana White explained the reasoning for the shakeup:
“This was my way to fix the logjam,” White said. “I wanted Aldo to fight Holloway for the belt, but he needed more time. So I looked at it and I said, well, it makes sense to make Aldo the champion and then have Holloway and Pettis fight for the interim title, and when Jose’s ready, barring any crazy injuries, the winner can fight him.”
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