Conor McGregor should vacate title belt, says UFC commentator

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In the furore that has surrounded Conor McGregor in recent weeks, it is sometimes easy to forget that the Irishman is the UFC's current Featherweight champion.

Having originally attempted to fight Rafael dos Anjos for the Lightweight title at UFC 196, only to have to move up to 170 pounds to take on Nate Diaz, there hasn't been much focus on the title McGregor has held since UFC 194.


In fact, in one UFC aficionado's opinion, McGregor should vacate his belt altogether. Although not because of a lack of title defences.


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"In terms of the featherweight division, I'm never a fan of guys cutting a bunch of weight," UFC commentator Jon Anik said, via SB Nation.

"I don't like guys cutting too much weight, so I'd kinda like to see Conor vacate the title and fight at 155 or higher going forward."

Following his shock defeat to Diaz at the start of the month, McGregor insinuated that he would return to 145 lbs to defend his Featherweight title in the future. 

However, with reports this week suggesting a rematch against his American rival is all but confirmed, just when, or even if, that might happen is unclear. It is physically impossible for the McGregor vs Diaz fight to drop to the 145 weight category.

The Irish fighter will likely be unwilling to vacate his title considering he is currently in the midst of the first blip of his UFC career. 

Makes sense?

Nevertheless, Anik's suggestion isn't out of the question. Not long after McGregor's emphatic KO of Jose Aldo at UFC 194 - the bout that won the 27-year-old the Featherweight title outright - his coach, Jon Kavanaugh admitted 'The Notorious One' might never fight at 145 pounds again.

Having to cut considerable weight just to make the category each time, it certainly isn't out of the question that McGregor opts to focus on heavier weight divisions moving forward.

He already tried to win a title at Lightweight only to be scuppered by an opponent's injury, and there has even been talk of holding the Welterweight title one day.

Moreover, vacating the Featherweight title would allow it to take centre stage again at upcoming UFC events. 

The likes of Jose Aldo is desperate to get his hands back on the belt but currently has to watch on as McGregor makes plans elsewhere.

You'd imagine the Brazilian would prefer to get his title shot against McGregor but, if that wasn't possible, he'd surely be happy to fight for a vacant title sooner rather than later.

UFC fans: Should McGregor vacate? And can he win a Diaz rematch? Have your say in the comments below...

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