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Dana White Categorically Confirms Conor McGregor’s Lightweight Reign Is Over

Conor McGregor will no longer be the UFC lightweight champion on Saturday, according to UFC president Dana White.

Such was White’s opening statement at the UFC 223 press conference on Wednesday in Brooklyn, New York where Khabib Nurmagomedov will take on featherweight champion Max Holloway for the lightweight crown.

With No.1 contender and interim champion Tony Ferguson being forced to pull out with only one week to go before his clash with Nurmagomedov, there were fears the main event was set to fall apart.

Were it not for featherweight king Max Holloway, the UFC boss could have been facing into a gaping hole in the promotion’s return to Brooklyn. Instead, there has been an injection of hype not seen since Conor McGregor took on Nate Diaz at UFC 196.

Now, with only three days to go before Nurmagomedov and Holloway go to the most intriguing of wars on Saturday, White has confirmed that they will face off for the undisputed lightweight title.

With Conor McGregor holding the title and Tony Ferguson clinging onto the interim strap, White’s statement emphatically confirms that both will lose their belts to whoever emerges victorious on Saturday in Brooklyn.

What that then means is that both McGregor and Ferguson will potentially be looking to reclaim what was theirs before the end of the year.

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