The championship situation has been a bit of a mess in a number of divisions lately. Woodley is looking to defend his welterweight championship against Georges St-Pierre, despite Stephen Thompson being number one contender.
Conor McGregor is the featherweight champion but is currently preparing to fight at 170 for the second time. In the 145-pound title holder’s absence an interim champion has been crowned in Jose Aldo.
Also, new lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez wants to face the winner of McGregor/Diaz 2. It’s chaos. However, Dana White has cleared up some of the confusion in a recent interview with UFC.com.
Addressing the situation with McGregor the UFC president said: “I fully expect Conor to come back and defend his 145-pound title.” Despite having a number of different options and wanting to go for bigger fights at higher weight classes, it seems Conor McGregor will face Jose Aldo next.
The former featherweight king lost the belt to McGregor in 13 seconds at UFC 194. He has bounced back from that crushing loss, defeating Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 to become interim featherweight champion.
Dana also commented on the idea of Nick Diaz fighting Tyron Woodley, which was floated bu the champ himself: “I think that Nate feels his brother should have the fight at 170, but Nick is not going to come back and fight for the title right away. There are other guys deserving of a title shot. Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson is going to fight for the 170-pound title and then we’ll see what happens with Nick and Nate.”
It goes without saying that the fight with Nick Diaz won’t happen, he has come out saying he isn’t concerned with “plastic belts”. White did not even acknowledge GSP by name but given that he declared ‘Wonderboy’ the next challenger, that fight is off too.
The fact that this interview was with UFC.com is quite telling as it means that White wanted to get it out there. People were angry that Thompson was not getting his shot and questioning whether McGregor would ever return to 145, Dana clearly wanted to straighten some things out.
Tyron recently tweeted his displeasure at Dana White announcing the fight. With that being said I feel like Dana is giving the fans what they want here. I know that I want to see Stephen Thompson fight for the belt and the featherweight champion defend in his division.
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