Khabib Nurmagomedov has presented a pretty solid case for why Conor McGregor should be stripped of his lightweight title.
It has now been over 13 months since Conor McGregor last set foot in the Octagon. Having not defended his featherweight title in just over a year back in November of 2016, the ‘Notorious’ Irishman was stripped of his 145 lbs belt. However, despite the evident refusal to defend his the title he claimed at UFC 205, there seems to be no suggestion that the promotion has any intention of stripping him.
In the meantime, Tony Ferguson has earned the interim lightweight title while Khabib Nurmagomedov is eagerly awaiting a shot at either opponent. The undefeated Russian is due to face Edson Barboza at UFC 219 at the end of the month and, speaking to Russia Today, Nurmagomedov clearly outlined why the Irishman should be removed as the division’s champion.
“If he doesn’t have injuries, and he doesn’t defend his belt for more than a year, then it’s very bad,” said Nurmagomedov.
“But when you are the champion and you don’t have an injury, you have to defend it. I really liked how Georges St-Pierre acted in a similar situation. Once he understood, that he won’t be able to fight, he didn’t hold his division (in wait). And that’s the decision of of a real champion.
“Conor doesn’t defend his belt. I don’t even know when he is going to do that. He has the name, it’s profitable for the UFC that he is the champion. They make money because of him and they won’t strip him off the belt. But in my opinion Conor had to be stripped off his belt a long time ago. And Tony Ferguson should be the real champion.”