Just two weeks after dismantling Eddie Alvarez and making UFC world history, Conor McGregor has vacated his featherweight title, the UFC has confirmed.
At UFC 205, McGregor obliterated the reigning lightweight champ, Alvarez, to become the first fighter in the company to hold two different belts simultaneously. However in the immediate aftermath of such a triumph, many were wondering what would become of the Irishman’s featherweight belt.
After wiping the floor, quite literally, with Jose Aldo last December, McGregor decided to move up a weight and hasn’t fought at featherweight in over 11 months, reports the Mirror.
What’s worse is that the Notorious has announced that he doesn’t intend on fighting until the birth of his child – which is expected in May, meaning that by then he would not have defended his featherweight title in over 17 months…
After calls for him to give up his title or have it stripped from him it appears that the Dub has chosen to give it away himself with Jose Aldo being reintroduced as the featherweight king.
In the past McGregor told reporters:
They’re gonna have to gather an army to try and take one of them off of me. One’s gonna be there and one’s gonna be there, and I’m gonna be picking and choosing who I wanna destroy next.
McGregor may well have just vacated one of his belts but I think you’d have to be a fool to think that the one and only true king of the UFC will be going anywhere besides the Octagon. McGregor is here for the long-haul.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.