So, who exactly is the UFC lightweight champion right now?
Is it Conor McGregor? Tony Ferguson?
Are they both the undisputed champion of the division? That can’t be right.
The UFC 222 and 223 press conference left everybody scratching their heads. Dana White introduced Tony Ferguson as the undisputed 155-lbs champion and announced that El Cucuy’s meeting with Khabib Nurmagomedov on April 7 is for the real belt. In the meantime, however, he refused to state that Conor McGregor had been stripped of his lightweight title.
Journalists and fans alike were left pondering what was really going on.
While Dana did attempt to clear the situation up in a more straightforward and cohesive manner in a later backstage interview, the whole fiasco is still pretty much as clear as mud for the majority.
The UFC president attempted to explain that if they do not reach an agreement with Conor to fight the winner of Khabib vs. Tony by the time those two throw down at UFC 223, the Irishman will be stripped of his title. We think.
Top MMA journalist Ariel Helwani was just as confused as any of us and he took to Twitter in the aftermath of Friday night’s press conference in Boston to voice his disillusion with the situation.
Serious question for all of you because I can’t stop thinking about it.
Question: who is the current lightweight champion of the UFC?
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) January 20, 2018
McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh decided to respond to Helwani’s open question:
— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) January 20, 2018
Seems pretty clear who those in the 29-year-old Dubliner’s camp think is still the true champ, despite Ferguson now being labelled the undisputed champion of the weight-class, also.