McGregor stripped of UFC belt

Posted November 29, 2016

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.

The UFC's latest offering of fools gold will be contested between one fighter more than deserving of an actual title shot (Holloway) and one fighter who hardly deserves to be even an interim contender (Pettis).

In the process he became the first fighter in UFC history to simultaneously hold titles in two different weight divisions.

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Adam Hunger USA TODAY Sports

Light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier was originally slated to defend his crown against Anthony Johnson in the card's featured attraction, but Cormier has suffered an undisclosed injury that forced him off the December 10 event. At stake for those two is the interim featherweight title, which is now freed up because Jose Aldo has been promoted to full champion status, and you know what that means for a certain Mr. McGregor.

At the UFC 205 post-fight news conference in New York, McGregor confirmed he is expecting the birth of his first child in 2017.

Interim featherweight titleholder Aldo has now been elevated to undisputed champion, UFC announced on Saturday night.

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However, according to MMAFighting.com reporter Ariel Helwani, McGregor did not agree to the move and was therefore stripped by the UFC.

The victor of Holloway vs. Pettis will then unify the featherweight championship in a bout with Aldo sometime in 2017. Minus the 13 second loss to McGregor, he has been nearly ideal in the UFC.

The Dubliner became the UFC's first two-division world champion when he beat Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight belt at UFC 205 in NY a fortnight ago. He has had a great series of fights at 170 with Nate Diaz and he dominated Eddie Alvarez to win the lightweight title.

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Nope. Instead, it upgraded the Holloway vs. Pettis co-main into the headline slot, further blurring the boundaries of its "interim championship" label.

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