Despite hearing almost everyone’s thoughts on the UFC’s decision to strip Conor McGregor of the featherweight championship, fans were left waiting to hear from him or his camp.
The reason for this all stems down to Daniel Cormier suffering an injury, leaving him unable to defend his light heavyweight crown at UFC 206 against Anthony Johnson, with Rumble also refusing to fight on the card for an interim version of the belt.
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Now, Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis will be the main event in Canada on December 10 for the interim featherweight title, while Jose Aldo has been bumped up as the undisputed champion.
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Although the Notorious hasn’t commented on the situation, his coach, John Kavanagh, has spoken to Red FM about the situation, and as expected, he isn’t too happy with how things played out.
The SBG coach shared his disappointed this week, saying: “It was a very messy set of circumstances which led to doing it.
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“They lost a main event (at UFC 206) and then they haphazardly threw together a new main event.
“They felt they had to make this for a title in order for it to sell, so they brought in another interim title that Jose Aldo already has and then bumped Jose Aldo up to the current undisputed champion.
“Which just seems ridiculous to me.”
One of the biggest criticisms the Irishman faces to this day is that he’s failed to defend the title he won in 13 seconds last year by knocking out Aldo.
However, Kavanagh doesn’t agree with that either, claiming we’ve seen fighters in the past go for a longer period of time without defending the gold, and therefore it’s not a good enough reason to strip him of the gold.
He added: “Conor has only been 11 months since he won that title.
“There have been many, many examples of fighters waiting 15 months, 18 months before defending it.
“He’s 11 months, and they stripped him of it. I thought it was very short-sighted by the UFC how they went about doing it.”
It doesn’t seem like McGregor, or his team can do anything about the decision now, especially since he’s taking time off until next summer.
Upon his return, he’ll have the likes of Aldo, Khabib Nurmagomedov or Tony Ferguson, as well as Nate Diaz gunning for him.
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