UFC authoritatively strips inert McGregor of 155-pound title
Conor McGregor’s run as UFC lightweight champion is set to end.
The long-expected move that McGregor would lose his 155-pound lightweight belt was authoritatively declared by UFC President Dana White at a press meeting for Saturday’s pay-per-view card at Barclays Center.
McGregor has not battled for UFC since he won the 155-pound title at UFC 205 in November 2016 at the point when he beat Eddie Alvarez what’s more, his last boxing coordinate was in Eminent 2017 at the point when he lost to Floyd Mayweather Jr.
White had not reported he would authoritatively strip McGregor of the title until Wednesday at the point when he talked about the famous Irish fighter’s return to UFC this year.
‘Conor McGregor is 100 percent coming back this year,’ White said, including that he is foreseeing a September return. ‘He will battle this year. We’ll see how this thing plays out what’s more, we’ll go from there,
McGregor said that prior this year that he advertised to battle Frankie Edgar at UFC 222 in Walk yet the UFC declined, revealed ESPN.
White allegedly implied to ESPN last week that the advancement needed more time to advance McGregor’s inevitable comeback.
The UFC 223 fundamental occasion of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Max Holloway will be for the lightweight championship.
Nurmagomedov was initially booked to battle Tony Ferguson. Holloway as of now holds the 145-pound featherweight belt, what’s more, moved up to 155 pounds on less than one week’s notice.
Ferguson had been the 155-pound between time champion in McGregor’s nonappearance what’s more, remained the No 1 contender in the division.
‘We’re not stripping Tony Ferguson,’ White said. ‘Tony Ferguson isn’t being stripped. The as it were one that’s losing a belt here is Conor. Conor is losing the belt. These two are battling for the belt.’
Once the battle starts, McGregor will no longer be champion what’s more, the require for the break belt will go away – clearing out the champ as the true 155-pound champ.
Ferguson what’s more, Nurmagomedov had been booked to battle each other four times, however all four battles have been called off.
White was reluctant to book a fifth battle between the two yet could be constrained to ought to Nurmagomedov walk out the champ.
‘It’s the last battle on earth that I need to make again,’ White said. ‘However this thing plays out on Saturday, we’ll go from there. Tony is still the No. 1 positioned fellow in the world either way, no matter who wins. I’ll bargain with that at the point when it’s time to bargain with it.’
UFC 223 will be held at Barclays Focus in Brooklyn on April 7.