After months of uncertainty, the UFC’s president Dana White has finally explained exactly what will happen to Conor McGregor’s status as the champion of the lightweight division when all is said and done at UFC 223.
Finally! We can now rejoice in the knowledge that the once murky waters at 155lbs will become a lot clearer.
The UFC’s president Dana White spoke to The LA Times in a recent interview and broke down exactly what will happen to the Irishman’s belt when Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov step into the octagon at UFC 223 on April 7.
“That’s exactly right: As soon as one punch is thrown, it’s on for the full title and it’s only fair. They’ve both worked their way up to No. 1 and No. 2. They deserve a shot.”
“This is good news for the fans. I always hear about, ‘What will you do if this guy leaves?’ This is a sport first. People leave, they’ve made money and moved on. It happens.
“Conor does want the belt, he does want to be the champion, but he doesn’t want to defend it. I’d love to see him fight the winner of Ferguson/Khabib next.”
It seems as though the former lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez hit the nail firmly on the head when he claimed that the UFC were simply waiting until they knew they had a fight for definite before declaring Ferguson and Nurmagomedov’s eagerly anticipated showdown as an undisputed title fight.
It’s not a straight up decision to strip the ‘Notorious’ superstar and from the way White repeatedly refused to say it outright over the last weeks we should have expected a catch of some sort but still, at least we call look forward to (hopefully) seeing a new chapter in the promotion’s most stacked division.
Three separate attempts have been made to bring these two streaking lightweights together so can you really blame them for being so cautious?
The main takeaway from all of this, however, is that a new champ will be crowned at 155lbs as soon as those octagon doors close.
But if the bout does fall apart again, for whatever reason, what exactly does that mean for Conor McGregor’s hold on the belt?
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena