Conor McGregor won the UFC featherweight title back in December of 2015 and the lightweight title in November of 2016. While a pair of fights against Nate Diaz happened between those moments and a superfight with Floyd Mayweather after, McGregor has never defended either of his belts. And although the UFC has been patient with their biggest superstar ever, there’s a lot of signs pointing towards them stripping him of a second belt sometime over UFC 220 weekend.
The UFC stripped McGregor of his featherweight title two weeks after he won the lightweight belt, mainly because one man holding championships in two weight classes is a good way to slow both divisions to a near halt. But they only pulled the trigger when they needed the featherweight belt back to prop up a PPV event that was missing a title fight. Now, they’re on the verge of doing the same thing with McGregor’s lightweight title.
The UFC has announced a press conference for Friday, Jan. 19. In attendance will be interim lightweight champ Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov, who are headlining UFC 223 on April 7 in Brooklyn, New York. The big question: Will they be competing for Ferguson’s interim belt, or will the UFC will announce that Conor has been stripped and Tony is now the undisputed champion?
No one seems to know for sure which way things will play out. McGregor has been completely silent about the situation while simultaneously keeping busy posting inane videos of bling and his fancy car fleet on social media. McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh has no idea either, and is following the story on the internet along with everyone else.