The UFC has been in a bit of a bind with its lightweight division due to the super-stardom of one Conor McGregor, currently in possession of the promotion’s lightweight title. He won that belt in November of 2016 and hasn’t defended it since, which is a problem since the UFC tends to like its champs to do that two or three times a year.
But does the UFC really have the stones to take away a second belt from its biggest draw? That’s still not 100 percent clear, but UFC president Dana White talking like they “absolutely” will if McGregor’s current timeline to return doesn’t speed up.
“Conor has said he’s thinking about coming back in September,” White said following a UFC event in St. Louis. “If he comes back in September, that’s almost two years. That can’t happen. It’s not fair to everybody else. I love Conor, respect Conor, love everything that he’s done for this company. Everybody knows that. I say it all the time. But the belt would have to move on.”