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Why UFC might be about to strip Conor McGregor of Featherweight title

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Conor McGregor's time as a two-belt UFC champion may be short lived if reports in the United States this weekend are to be believed.

The Irish fighter recently made history in the sport by defeating Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 to become the Lightweight Champion, adding another title to the Featherweight crown he has held for almost one year. 

However, the UFC hierarchy appears set to implement a plan that will bring to an end McGregor's historic achievement after just a couple of weeks.

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That's according to respected UFC journalist Ariel Helwani who is reporting that Dana White and co. are preparing to strip McGregor of his Featherweight title and return it to former champion Jose Aldo.

The reason? According to the Mirror, it is because McGregor hasn't actually defended the title since winning it 11 months ago.

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With the Irishman having hinted that he plans to take an extended break from the octagon after learning he was to become a father, his failure to defend the 145lbs belt could well extend into the middle of 2017.

Per Helwani, the UFC simply don't want to let that happen...

As he notes, McGregor is unlikely to let the UFC take away one of his titles without a fight and, if they follow through with their plan to reinstate Aldo, it could lead to another rift between the powers that be and the most in-demand star they have on their books.

Speaking recently, McGregor made clear what he thought about the rumoured plan to strip him of the title:

"They're gonna have to gather an army to try and take one of them off of me," he said, via the Mirror.

"One's gonna be there and one’s gonna be there, and I’m gonna be picking and choosing who I wanna destroy next."

UFC 205: Alvarez v McGregor

McGregor's failure to defend his Featherweight belt whilst he pursued Nate Diaz and, then, the Lightweight title has frustrated those in the 145lbs division. 

Those frustrations may have now reached the very top of the business.

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