Conor McGregor has not fought inside the Octagon for UFC in well over a year and now this weekend, if reports are to be believed, he will pay the ultimate price for it. It's a decision UFC is making as well that isn't going to shock most of their fans, as we have seen it happen before.
McGregor's last fight with UFC was at UFC 205 in November 2016 when he defeated Eddie Alvarez to capture the UFC Lightweight Championship. At the time, he was still the UFC Featherweight Champion, so he became the only fighter to be champion in two UFC divisions simultaneously.
Since then though, a lot has happened to Notorious. He has been stripped of the Featherweight title due to inactivity in the division, and he has also gone on to box in a losing effort to Floyd Mayweather. He is yet to defend the Lightweight title.
This coming weekend, McGregor may now pay the price once more for being an inactive champion in a division, as reports by Russian website Tass state that the Irishman will be officially stripped of his title this weekend at UFC 220.
This, in turn, will allow interim UFC Lightweight Champion Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov to fight for it on April 7 in New York at UFC 223. The announcement is expected to be made inside TD Garden Center in Boston this weekend, probably before the main event fight of Stipe Miocic vs Francis Ngannou for the UFC Heavyweight Championship.
Notorious will not be happy that another UFC title is going to be stripped away from him in the space of two years due to his inactivity in another UFC division, but in truth, he only has himself to blame. He is yet to defend any title which he has won in the promotion.
Dana White recently said on McGregor's inactivity, according to Fox Sports: “I don’t think Conor wants to fight until August. But if he waits until August or September, that’s around two years since the belt has been defended, and that can’t happen.”
“Not only to the sport, but to the other fighters. This is game of time. Time is your enemy in this sport, or any other sport. When you’re a professional athlete, time is your enemy, and we can’t let this thing go on forever and not give other guys the opportunity.
“Tony Ferguson has been around for a long time and has earned his dues, Khabib has earned his dues, and the list goes on and on.”
White wants the division to move on if McGregor isn't willing to defend soon, and you can't blame him. Notorious will likely have until the weekend to announce his future intentions, otherwise, Ferguson will likely be battling Nurmagomedov for the Lightweight title at UFC 223 later this year.
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