It’s been a frustrating weekend in the UFC, while the company has reportedly informed Conor McGregor that he’s no longer the featherweight champion, they’ve also been scrambling to find a new main event.
UFC 206 takes place on December 10 at the Air Canada Center in Toronto, and it was originally supposed to feature Anthony Johnson challenging Daniel Cormier for the light heavyweight crown.
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However, with DC now injured, Rumble has been completely taken off the card – despite Gegard Mousasi offered to him as a potential replacement.
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Johnson has opted to wait for Cormier to return so he can get his shot at the title.
Now, the new main event will see Max Holloway battle Anthony Pettis, with a lot more on the line than originally scheduled, and that means it’s bad news for Notorious.
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Despite the desire to defend both championship titles, the UFC won’t be giving the Irishman an opportunity to do that, especially since he’s set to return to action next summer, at the earliest.
Instead, Holloway and Pettis will be competing inside of the Octagon for the interim featherweight title.
This means Jose Aldo now takes McGregor’s crown and has been elevated to the 145lbs champion, after holding the interim gold since defeating Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 earlier this year.
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Not everyone seems to be pleased with the decision, though, mainly based on the fact that Aldo has been handed the title on a plate as he hasn’t had to beat anyone for it.
On the flip side, Aldo has remained vocal in wanting a rematch with Notorious, and nothing has come to fruition on that front, and there’s no way any fighter would turn down the chance to be called a champion, so perhaps the Brazilian isn’t entirely to blame on this one.
Unfortunately for McGregor, he'll never get the chance to defend the crown he conquered Aldo for in 13 seconds last year.
It now means that in the featherweight division, the winner between Holloway and Pettis will go on to fight Aldo for the title, which is something Blessed has wanted for quite some time.
In the lightweight division, McGregor is expected to keep hold of his belt despite his hiatus, as Khabib Nurmagomedov is targeting a March clash against Tony Ferguson for the interim crown before the winner potentially becomes an option for the Irishman.
It could be a long wait, though, with Edgar, Nate Diaz and Tyron Woodley, all potential candidates.
What do you make of the UFC’s handling of the featherweight championship? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.