The news broke yesterday that Daniel Cormier has been forced pulled out of his title defence against Johnson, Pettis versus Holloway became the new main event for UFC 206. With this came the caveat that the featherweights would fight for an interim belt and whispers that the promotion were trying to wrestle the title away from McGregor.
The news this morning is confirmation that Conor McGregor has indeed vacated his featherweight championship and that Jose Aldo has been promoted to undisputed champion. McGregor apparently fought this but the company have taken legal steps to take the belt from him. McGregor will obviously now move forward in defending his lightweight championship which he recently won at UFC 205.
After winning the interim title at UFC 200, Aldo became frustrated that he had not received his rematch with ‘The Notorious One’. As a result, he stated that he would retire from MMA to pursue other interests. However, the UFC’s contract has an iron grip on the former world champion, stating that he may not leave for other endeavours until his sentence is served. ‘Scarface’ will continue to fight under duress.
Personally, I did think it was a little unfair that McGregor had not defended his title since winning it but I do not like the way they have done this. They have diminished the championship’s worth by awarding it to the next guy down the list. I would have preferred to have seen some kind of grand prix. Even having two interims facing off: the winner of the 206 headliner versus Aldo would be better than this. They have just taken it from the champion and handed it to the number one contender.
Source: MMA Fighting