As of today, Conor McGregor is a UFC’s central lightweight champion, though that will not be a box come Apr 7.
UFC boss Dana White reliable to a Los Angeles Times that a graduation intends to frame McGregor, 29, of his 155-pound pretension a impulse halt champion Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov step into a Octagon during UFC 223 on Apr 7 in Brooklyn.
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The UFC announced that pretension quarrel in Jan though declined to contend either McGregor had been stripped. White has now done it transparent that McGregor will no longer be a UFC champion on that date, supposing Ferguson and Nurmagomedov sojourn healthy and make weight.
“As shortly as one punch is thrown, it’s on for a full title, and it’s usually fair,” White told a Times. “They’ve both worked their approach adult to No. 1 and No. 2. They merit a shot.”
Once that happens, it will symbol a second time a UFC has nude McGregor of a title, though a singular defense.
The Irish star claimed a UFC’s featherweight pretension in late 2015, knocking out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds. He went on to turn a two-weight UFC champion in late 2016, knocking out Eddie Alvarez for a lightweight pretension during UFC 205 in New York. The UFC nude McGregor of his featherweight pretension shortly after.
McGregor (21-3) hasn’t fought in MMA given a win over Alvarez. He fought Floyd Mayweather in a remunerative fighting compare final August.
In a meantime, Ferguson (23-3) and Nurmagomedov (25-0) have set themselves detached in a UFC’s built lightweight division. The dual have been scheduled to quarrel mixed times in new years, though any matchup has depressed by due to several circumstances.
“This is good news for a fans,” White said. “I always hear about, ‘What will we do if this man leaves?’ … This is a competition first. People leave, they’ve done income and changed on. It happens.”
White has regularly settled there is no pledge McGregor ever will quarrel again. McGregor seemed to respond to that explain in a amicable media post final week, in that he stated, “I am fighting again. Period.”
ESPN ranks McGregor a No. 9 pound-for-pound warrior in a world. He is a initial contestant ever to reason dual UFC titles simultaneously.